Independent candidate for Donegal North East, Ryan Stewart, has slammed both Fianna Fail and the opposition parties, as the election draws near.
Candidates from all parties have been rolling out promises of delivering employment, sustaining local business, tackling personal debt and political reform, among other topics, said Stewart
But the Inishowen man has questioned how they plan to deliver on these promises.
“Over the last weeks, candidates have been suggesting that ‘We must tackle personal debt,’ ‘Abolish the Seanad’ and ‘We must deliver on job creation’ but this where the commentary stops.
“Candidates need to tell the people how their policies will work and how much it will cost. It also does nothing in helping people decide how to vote, when candidates just pass on policy from party leaderships, without considering how party strategies will affect Donegal.
“It is all very well promising to create jobs, and saying that certain changes will benefit the people, but I have not seen anything of significance when it comes to actually paying for the changes these parties want to implement.
“The parties have offered very little in terms of real plans outlining how their policies will work. This is because behind every promise offered as policy, there is usually a bad news story of how we as taxpayers will have to pay for it. The parties need to come clean, and show all of their cards, to allow people to make an informed decision.
“On debt, I have put forward a comprehensive strategy, which protects the taxpayer, and gets money flowing again to creditors, while easing the debt burden on the taxpayer and protects homeowners. My job creation plan will save the taxpayer billions over the next three years, and help struggling businesses not only to survive, but grow.
“On VRT, my plan would create additional revenue for the exchequer, while delivering a fairer system for drivers, and save thousands of jobs in the motor industry when the scrappage scheme ends.
“People need to vote for candidates who can come up with real policy themselves, and not simply act as messengers for their party leadership, so that they can truly represent the interests of their constituents.”