Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that regardless of the type of Brexit that comes about, there is a serious need to invest in our infrastructure in order to ensure that jobs and incomes are protected.
Speaking in light of the ESRI’s recent report, Deputy Cullinane said:
“Even in a soft Brexit scenario, we are looking at a 2.2% drop in income for Irish households. This rises to 4.1% in a no-deal scenario.
“Sinn Féin has consistently said that we need to invest to secure our future.
“Last month we launched our contingency plan for Brexit, one that included a €2bn investment plan.
“We have severe shortfalls in funding for health, housing, transport, and education.
“Fine Gael is simply not interested in any of these – preferring instead to give tax breaks to high earners.
“Ordinary households need to be protected. We need to tackle the cost of living crisis.
“Brexit does not just affect business – it affects communities and people as well.
“Any Brexit strategy worth its salt needs to reflect and address this reality.
“This holds whether there is a deal or not.”