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.