Sinn Fein the phony party

The two Sinn Feins

In the South, Sinn Fein opposes almost every measure the Government proposes as if there is an endless pit of exchequer funding. In the North, where it has to face up to the responsibilities of government, it has maintained and increased a high level of property tax, imposed public sector pay freezes and a range of other cuts.

Hypocrisy on local property tax
Property tax in the North is more than three times higher (€950) than the average property tax in the South.
In the North, Sinn Fein has increased the property tax 4 years in a row from 2011 to 2015.

Hypocrisy on water charges
Water charges are already in place in the North and form part of domestic rates bills. Sinn Fein has only deferred the introduction of direct charging for water until 2016.

Hypocrisy on public sector pay
In 2010, a 2-year pay freeze was imposed on all public servants earning over €25,000 in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, in the South, Sinn Fein wants to cut the rate of tax relief on pensions, which would result in a compulsory pay cut of several hundred euro for all public sector workers.

Hypocrisy on public expenditure savings
In the North, SF signed up to a 4-year budget slashing government spending by 8% across government departments from 2011 to 2015. Northern Ireland is currently preparing for the introduction of a ‘benefits cap’ which would cap social welfare entitlements.

School closures in the North
Approximately 30 schools have closed in the last two years under the watch of a Sinn Fein Education Minister and more closures have been proposed.

Hypocrisy on JobBridge
In the South, Sinn Fein opposes the hugely successful JobBridge Programme, which offers a €50 top-up to social welfare entitlements and has provided 28,000 internships to date.
In the North, Sinn Fein legislated for and implemented an equivalent ‘Youth Employment Scheme’. This scheme offers a top-up of between €18 and €55.

Inconsistent policies
For years, Sinn Fein wanted to significantly increase our corporation tax in the South. Now Sinn Fein are actively seeking powers from Westminster to lower the NI corporation tax rate and compete with Republic of Ireland.
Sinn Fein advocated a wealth tax for years and used it to balance the books in its questionable costings in successive pre-budget submissions. Last year Sinn Fein dropped its wealth tax proposal after admitting it couldn’t cost the proposal.