Why you Elected Us
Fianna Fáil wants you to forget what they did in Government:
We are now within sight of exiting the Troika Bailout. Fianna Fáil asked you to trust them on what they called “the cheapest bailout in the world”. So far it has cost Ireland more than €60 billion.
Fianna Fáil nationalised Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide, costing the taxpayer billions. We have closed them down.
Fine Gael in Government has maintained core social welfare rates, which Fianna Fáil cut twice. Fine Gael in Government restored the minimum wage that Fianna Fáil cut, and we have taken 330,000 low paid workers out of the tax net – after Fianna Fáil dragged them in, in 2009-2010.
Fine Gael in Government protected the blind pension, the widow’s pension and the carer’s allowance; Fianna Fáil cut each of these payments by €850 per year.
Fianna Fáil signed the deal with the Troika to bring in the property tax. Now they are cynically opposing it.
Under Fianna Fáil’s projections, the Garda budget would have been cut by almost €200 million more over the last two years, and there would be fewer Gardaí on the beat.
In 14 years of Government, Fianna Fáil increased the public pay bill by 196%, and the Taoiseach’s salary was higher than the American President’s.