Lucinda Creighton criticises Government’s ‘campaign of spin’

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has criticised the Government for “their campaign of spin and inaccuracy” against her party’s policy on taxation.

Renua Ireland has outlined a 23% flat tax plan ahead of the general election.

However, the Revenue Commissioners has said a flat tax rate of double that would be needed to replace all PAYE and USC income.

Replying to a Dáil question, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that to deliver the same income for the State, while exempting salaries under €15,000, a flat tax rate of 46% would be required.

Yesterday, Ms Creighton defended Renua’s policy and said the figures contained in the response to parliamentary questions do not reflect its entire policy on taxation. She criticised the Government for what she called a campaign of spin and the use of inaccurate figures when it comes to Renua Ireland’s flat tax proposals.

Mr Creighton said: “We don’t mind honest debate but the figures used were completely inaccurate and take no account of all the elements of our proposals.”

Renua will put forward 18 candidates in the upcoming general election, the date of which has yet to be announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Along with the introduction of a flat tax, Renua would reduce public service pensions and require people to work 20 hours to receive the dole.

Defending the taxation policy Ms Creighton said she is “deeply concerned” that the Department of Finance is being “misused by government deputies and spin doctors for inaccurately politicised attacks”.

She said: “This willingness to damage the credibility of a respected government department is chilling.

“We look forward to having debate on our carefully crafted and accurately costed proposals.”

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