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    Mary Lou has today spoken about the tax proposal that Sinn Fein will introduce.

    She says that the present tax system is unfair to the least well off and that the new proposals will be aimed at greater economic equality.


    Detailed proposals were:

    -tax justice in Ireland.
    -people should pay according to their ability to pay
    -everyone should have equal access to the highest quality public services, infrastructure and social protections.

    -immediately lower the tax burden on low and average income earners
    -remove unfair tax advantages for the wealthy.
    -stop tax breaks for private for profit hospital developers,
    -increase the minimum wage to 60% of the average industrial wage and keep those earning it out of the tax net.
    -ensure that all those on the average industrial wage are in the standard tax band,
    -increase mortgage tax relief for first time buyers
    -aggressively close down remaining tax avoidance schemes
    -remove all tax exemptions other than where the social and economic value outweighs the cost to the exchequer like for example in Research and Development,
    -end tax exile status

    A very good set of proposals - fair to the less well off and possible to carry through in government. Hopefully the electorate will agree.

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    2506 posts and still there is no sign of him tiring.

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    Even Fianna Fail will ask this question

    What about Corporation tax?
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    increase the minimum wage to 60% of the average industrial wage
    Bonkers. Hello Mary-Lou goodbye multinationals.

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    I believe SF are now very close to treading that fine line with their policies, the line between ideological fortitude and pragmatism. For too long they have allowed the usual suspects the ammo of branding them loopy left.

    Whilst some may still try, SF policies now reside firmly in the arena of the possible, a pretty good balance between radical and do-able, which is not a bad place to be for a party which will hope to get a large protest vote but still wants to harbour the possibility of leverage in Government.

    What I want to see now from SF is to not let themselves get outflanked on the presentation to the electorate, as Labour are making some pretty slick moves in this regard recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureTaoiseach
    increase the minimum wage to 60% of the average industrial wage
    Bonkers.
    17.5% Corp Tax....+ minimum wage at 60% of avg industrail wage.

    And this will increase our already falling competitiveness how? Thats some economics Sinn Fein have working down in Parnell Street

    Not just multi-nationals. Expect Irish companies to suffer. Strange for Sinn Fein of all parties to want to destroy Irish companies employing Irish workers (by and large). These sort of propsals don't stack up to economic scrutiny
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    With regards Corp Tax, there is a bit of shoring up to do with regards SF direction, as we will want to be seen to have a positon in the 6, and a position in the 26, which will be somewhat harmonious in the long run.

    This is a pretty nice dilemma for SF to have, and for those of you who are genuinely interested in scrutinising SF's policies, or may have bemoaned a dirth of substance in the past, this is a good sign of things to come.

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    Default Re: Sinn Fein set out plans for more progressive tax

    Quote Originally Posted by factual
    Mary Lou has today spoken about the tax proposal that Sinn Fein will introduce.
    Dont you mean "would" introduce, Factual? As Im quite sure you are well aware that Irish people in the 26 will never willingly let you lot anywhere near power - unless the Brits manage to impose "powersharing" in the 26 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cael
    Quote Originally Posted by factual
    Mary Lou has today spoken about the tax proposal that Sinn Fein will introduce.
    Dont you mean "would" introduce, Factual? As Im quite sure you are well aware that Irish people in the 26 will never willingly let you lot anywhere near power - unless the Brits manage to impose "powersharing" in the 26 too.
    With Sinn Féin expected to at least double their tally of seats, now in government partnership in the six counties, and today talking to the six county policing board about taking up their seats, your view is really no longer tenable.

    The time is coming for Sinn Féin in government. Because Sinn Féin have the talent, the enthusiasm, the ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickyG
    I believe SF are now very close to treading that fine line with their policies, the line between ideological fortitude and pragmatism. For too long they have allowed the usual suspects the ammo of branding them loopy left.

    Whilst some may still try, SF policies now reside firmly in the arena of the possible, a pretty good balance between radical and do-able, which is not a bad place to be for a party which will hope to get a large protest vote but still wants to harbour the possibility of leverage in Government.

    What I want to see now from SF is to not let themselves get outflanked on the presentation to the electorate, as Labour are making some pretty slick moves in this regard recently.
    I agree, SF policies are firmly committed to making a difference for the least well off via policies that are realistic and modern while also being clearly left wing.

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