SINN Fein members staged a protest outside the Naas office of Kildare North TD Anthony Lawlor condemning austerity measures as the Budget was being unveiled in Dail Eireann on December 5.
Members of SF Kildare North, which represents the Naas, Sallins, Kill and Caragh areas staged the protest and distributed leaflets explaining SF’s alternative budget plan.
One of the group Martin Kelly, who ran in the last General Election said: “I was meeting and interacting with people on the street and not not just standing outside his office. What we are saying is that salaries within the public service should be capped at €100,000 a year and the money saved should be TO used fund actual services.”
He said SF would impose a 1% wealth tax which would also be levied on assets worth over E1m and this would raise much more than than the property tax, which should be done away with.
He added a tax on super pensions would bring in enough money to pay for 450,000 home help hours.
“Solving our problems should be about fairness and equality and it’s not happening at the moment. Maybe some Labour TDs will come to their senses yet; if not they won’t get a warm welcome on the doorsteps,” he said.
However Deputy Lawlor questioned SF’s budget proposals and said they had not been costed properly, an exercise that should have been done by the Department of Finance.
He also said he had no objection to anybody staging a peaceful protest so long as people are not obstructed or prevented from visiting his office at South Main Street.
“Although Sinn Fein are against property tax in county Kildare they are not against it in places like Newry where they are in a position to do something about it,” added Dep. Lawlor.
- Paul O’Meara