Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis in Derry today, Sinn Fein’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has said that they will target high wages with a third rate of tax for people earning over €100,000, to replace revenue lost from the scrapping of water charges and property tax.
He said the party will “clamp down” on tax avoidance, and will introduce a tax structure based on “solidarity”.
Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald then said that Tanaiste Joan Burton refused an offer from TV3 and RTE to participate in a live debate with her. Ms. McDonald added that she will debate Ms Burton “anywhere, at any time”.
She said “Tanaiste Joan Burton challenged me to a debate (and) both Vincent Brown and RTE offered to facilitate that debate but Joan has changed her mind. Well, Joan you know where to find me.”
Such statement drew enthusiastic applause from the audience.