Source: Sinn Féin
17 June, 2018 – by Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan TD, today hit back at Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s coordinated attack on Sinn Féin’s enterprise policies. Deputy Quinlivan said that “the hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil in this area is staggering and Fine Gael are currently failing to support indigenous businesses on commercial rates and insurance costs”.
Teachta Quinlivan said;
“Today there was clearly a coordinated plan between Fine Gael and their government partners Fianna Fáil to attack Sinn Féin and our enterprise policies.
“Fianna Fáil have some neck to lecture others on enterprise and economic policy considering their policies bankrupted the state, resulting in hundreds of thousands of job losses, business closures, mass emigration and a lost decade of investment in infrastructure, health and housing. Their hypocrisy is staggering.
“Fine Gael on the other hand are currently not doing near enough to help indigenous businesses across Ireland who are struggling with commercial rates costs and escalating insurance premiums.
“Sinn Féin’s enterprise policies aim to support our indigenous sector by tackling insurance costs and reforming the commercial rates system which are currently hampering SME’s growth. “We propose to maintain the 12.5% corporation tax rate, and we also want to ensure foreign direct investment is spread right across the state, to the benefit of all regions.
“We want to ensure businesses receive state support in order to prepare and deal with Brexit, something the current government is failing to do when you look at the worryingly low uptake of their Brexit supports to date.
“We also want stricter corporate enforcement and compliance, something Fianna Fáil should follow our lead on considering their previous Wild West approach in this area which led to the banking collapse.
“Sinn Féin have a broad range of enterprise policies that aim to help grow Irish businesses while also ensuring workers are treated fairly.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are clearly rattled at Sinn Féin’s growth in popularity and this was nothing more than throwing mud at Sinn Féin and seeing what sticks.”