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Healy Replies to Coonan on Jobs

Twice recently Deputy Noel Coonan has accused me of negativity and of having no proposals for jobs in Co. Tipperary?

Interestingly he did not deny that;

  • The unemployment rate in Tipperary is 18.5% almost double the national average
  • There was a nett loss of 321 IDA jobs in the County over the 3 years to 21/12/2014
  • Not a single Tipperary town was included in his government?s decision to provide advance factories and offices in towns around the Country
  • Tipperary is not getting its fair share of jobs, the vast majority of jobs are being created on the East Coast, Cork and Limerick

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These are the uncomfortable facts showing that Tipperary is being forgotten by Deputy Coonan and his government.

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I confess to advocating in the D?il that;

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  • Tipperary needs its fair share of IDA investment
  • Tipperary needs more investment in house building
  • Tipperary needs more investment in roads and infrastructure
  • Tipperary needs restoration of the ?15 million cut to leader funding for the County

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I hope this is not too negative!

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I have also indicated clearly in the D?il where the money can be found for this investment.

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In the last budget, Deputy Coonan voted to give ?80 million in tax relief to 108,000 people who have average personal incomes of ?180,000 per year. The top 10,000 of these have average incomes of ?595,000 per year.

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I advocate that instead of giving money back to these super rich people who have total income of 20 billion per year, the 80 million should be withheld and a further higher rate of tax should be imposed on these super rich people to fund job creation and necessary public spending.

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Official statistics prove that the policies being pursued by Deputy Coonans government have ensured that both the assets and incomes of the super-rich have increased during the recession while the low and middle income families have been crucified.

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The wealth, assets and incomes, of the super-rich is now above the peak levels of the celtic tiger era.

Much of this wealth is completely untaxed.

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The problem is that Deputy Coonan and his Fine Gael and Labour Party colleagues are putting the protection of the wealth of the super-rich above the provision of jobs and services for citizens.

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Worse still Tipperary is not getting it?s fair share of the national cake.

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Seamus Healy T.D.

087-2802199

07/07/15