A day after Taoiseach vows to cut USC for higher earners, Fianna Fáil come up with their own proposals

Fianna Fáil says it would abolish the 1% Universal Social Charge rate in its first budget after the election.

A day after Taoiseach vows to cut USC for higher earners, Fianna Fáil come up with their own proposals

Fianna Fáil says it would abolish the 1% Universal Social Charge rate in its first budget after the election.

The party says it would also halve the 3% rate, with both measures costing €336m a year.

It says workers earning up to €80,000 a year would be taken out of the USC net altogether over five years.

Finance spokesman, Michael McGrath, says party is also proposing a 'rainy day fund' so that extra Corporation Tax receipts would be put away and used to stimulate the economy at any future downturn.

Mr McGrath said: "In essence, in the event of an economic downturn - which would be measured by a 1% increase in the unemployment rate, for example - that fund could be used as a buffer against any future economic shock.

"So, if any downturn does occur in the Irish economy, there would be a fund there that could be used for investment purposes and stimulate the Irish economy at a time of economic difficulty."

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