Election 2020: Parties promise to splurge, but no plans in place for economy sinking

A rent freeze, tax cuts, more cash for pensioners: all the main parties are making expensive promises, but there is no guarantee that the money will be there to pay for them

2nd February, 2020
Election 2020: Parties promise to splurge, but no plans in place for economy sinking
Eoin O Broin, Sinn Féin’s Housing spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, Finance spokesperson, Mary Lou McDonald, party president, and Shane O’Brien, election candidate, launch their manifesto in Temple Bar, Dublin Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“It’s a con job on the Irish people,” Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, declared when asked about Sinn Féin’s economic policies at a press conference last week.

The Dublin Central TD’s voice was echoing around the high-ceilinged Georgian building in central Dublin to ostensibly launch Fine Gael’s tax plan for individuals. With about 10 journalists and a handful of party officials in the room, there may...

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