Budget 2014: Ferris expresses anger at impact of Budget on rural Ireland
Féin spokesperson on agriculture and rural development, Martin Ferris TD, has
expressed his anger at the impact the Budget will have on rural communities.
Deputy Ferris said;
“Among the measures that will directly impact on families and individuals are the cuts to invalidity pension for many people over 65, a cut to maternity benefit, and in the Jobseekers Allowance and Supplementary Benefit for young people. No doubt the Government is hoping that they emigrate.
“There are marginal positive changes within agriculture but an overall cut in the budget of over €29 million, including a cut to measures to promote food safety and animal welfare. That is surely misconceived in the aftermath of the horsemeat crisis. I also note the failure to restore the massive cut to the Farm Assist scheme introduced last year.
“Overall then, despite the positive spin, this budget continues the economics and politics of austerity and will do nothing to stimulate growth and revival in rural Ireland.”