He said the claim that Sinn Féin wants a top rate of tax of 73% is nonsense.
Deputy Doherty said: “It is quite obvious that the Taoiseach is deliberately misrepresenting Sinn Féin’s call for a third rate of tax on income over €100,000.
“The figures he is attributing to Sinn Féin have no basis in reality.
“Sinn Fein has consistently called for an extra 7% only on income over €100,000. This would increase the tax applied to income over €100,000 from 52% to 59% yet Enda Kenny has somehow come up with a figure of 73%. This is nonsense.
“Each year our costed budget shows how the deficit target can be met. If the Taoiseach took on board our options water and family home taxes could have been avoided.
“What we are seeing here is an attempt to pretend there no choices in politics. The Taoiseach is obviously under pressure to defend his choices faced with Sinn Féin’s alternative.”