Tax on worker earnings would be higher under government of Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail claims McLoughlin

Fianna Fail ‘do not grasp the concept that putting extra money in people’s pockets has a positive effect on our economic recovery’

Sligo News File Online

Tax on worker earnings would be higher if the government happened to be Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail, Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin has claimed.

Tony McLoughlin, T.D., Fine Gael, Sligo - Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, T.D.,
Fine Gael, Sligo – Leitrim

Fianna Fail, he said, opposed the Coalition’s lowering of the Universal Social Charge, which, with effect from the beginning of January, low and middle-income workers can expect to result in a “modest increase” in their take home pay.

McLoughlin said Fianna Fail opposed the reduction in the USC “because they do not grasp the concept that putting extra money in people’s pockets has a positive effect on our economic recovery.

“They want more people, paying more tax because Fianna Fáil is committed to the same high tax, high spend approach by which they ruined our economy last time they were in government,” he said.

“They have learned nothing since the crash.”

Though he mentioned Sinn Fein in his statement, he offers no comment on how he believes their policy would see workers more heavily taxed under a government of that party.

He also omits mention of the water and metering taxes, the iniquitous tax on the family home, and the increase in VAT introduced by the current Fine Gael – Labour Coalition.

It also appears to have escaped his attention that the Coalition has increased the carbon levies, a measure which has driven up the price of coal, gas, electricity, heating oil, briquettes, diesel, petrol and much more. Together with the universal compulsory waste collection charges, the average extra cost to householders is estimated to be in the region of €3,500 annually.

Workers will be aware that the Fine Gael – Labour Coalition slashed wages and salaries following the economic crash. Health and other services were cut to the bone; at the same time,

Easkey Garda Station, closed 2013
Easkey Garda Station, closed 2013

prescription charges were increased. The Coalition also denuded rural areas of essential garda services, removing both resources and stations throughout the country.

The Fine Gael attacks on Fianna Fail will surprise many considering the word is that the two parties have ambitions to coalesce and form the next government as a Fine Gael-led Coalition.