Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley replies to Sen John Whelan

Reply to ‘rant’

Reply to ‘rant’

Dear Editor

I wish to reply to Sen John Whelan’s rambling anti-Sinn Féin rant in last week’s paper. Every year SF produces a fully costed budget submission, fully costed. While the Dept of Finance say they can’t cost a wealth tax accurately, the Min. for Finance has stated it could bring in up to €500 m. Independent economists estimate it could raise €800 m. It is accepted that a significant amount can be sourced this way.

While John calls this “fairy tale economics” Labour’s last budget submission before entering Government included such gems as ‘miscellaneous savings in social welfare, save €50 m’ no details; ‘cut €1.2 bill from capital expenditure’ no details; ‘efficiencies’ amounting to hundreds of millions, no details; ‘€100 m from tax exiles’, no details.

Labour promised to reduce pension tax reliefs, introduce a third rate of income tax and reduce personal tax credits for high earners. They’ve reneged on every one. They promised not to increase student fees but did so every year and cut the grant. They promised to protect social welfare but introduced hundreds of millions in cuts. They have broken their promises on child benefit, education, the disabled and medical cards while introducing a property tax, septic tank charges and water charges.

Labour promised to shift the banking burden off taxpayers but paid the first €3.1 bill Promissory Note to Anglo. They have broken promises, consistently lied which is why they are at 8% in the polls.

Finally, here are John’s views on his party. “Labour, lacking in confidence, competence and the courage of our own convictions” or; “No one knows what Labour believes in anymore. We betrayed the public trust.” or: “In 2 years in Government Labour has learned nothing other than how to deny, deflect and try and defend broken promises. This is as shameful and soul destroying as it is contemptible.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. So John, your problem is not with SF, but with your own Party. If you really feel like this, why don’t you stand up, show a bit of back bone and walk from the Party you seem to contempt?

Brian Stanley TD,

Sinn Féin, Laois Offaly