Sinn Féin unveils plans for dramatic increase in public spending

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald describes manifesto as ‘uplifting and fair’

Launching its manifesto in Dublin, Sinn Féin promised action on housing, healthcare and 'putting money back into working people's pockets', along with a referendum on Irish unity. Video: John Cassidy

Sinn Féin yesterday unveiled plans for a dramatic increase in public spending, funded by billions of euros in tax increases on business and the better-off, in a manifesto described by party leader Mary Lou McDonald as “uplifting and fair”.

The plans were immediately assailed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as reckless and economically dangerous, with both parties focusing on Sinn Féin’s promises of big cuts to the USC, to abolish property tax, hike taxes for businesses and those earning more than €100,000 and increase public spending by €22 billion over five years.

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