Former Labour Party councillor Darren Ryan has criticised the budget for being anti-family and anti-elderly.
The Clonmel councillor, who resigned from the party over the recent centenary celebrations in the town, said that “just when people can’t take any more, when people have to think about where they’re going to get money for Christmas and to put food on the table, this FG and Labour Government finally hits them again”.
He said no-one has escaped this ‘horrendous budget’ and in particular ‘Labour once again have rolled over on their back for Fine Gael.
“Labour told the electorate they would be their Watch dog in Government with Fine Gael, and yet they allow a budget like this be put to the people.
We again see those less fortunate in our society being hit, Carers taken a cut of €375 in their respite care grant, students seeing their fees increase by €250 over the next 3 years, Child benefit being cut by €10 for the first 2 children, €18 for the third and €20 for every child after that. The elderly having the Gas and Electricity allowance being cut, an increase of €1 per item on medical cards.”
He asked - “When is this Government going to punish the very people that created this mess we’re in? Or are they always going to hit the people who are carrying this country with all the cuts to their salaries and cuts to basic allowances and entitlements”.
He continued - “The amount of fear and concern that this budget has created is shocking, I have been in undated with calls from concerned families and individuals since the budget has been announced.
“I am appealing to Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators to stand up and be counted and vote down these draconian measures”.