Business as usual as ordinary people continue to struggle – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has criticised today’s Budget for its failure to address the problems faced by ordinary people and families affected by years of austerity.
Senator Cullinane stated:
“Today’s budget does nothing for hard pressed families.
“We are now seven years into austerity and it will take more than the measures announced today to fix the damage caused by this.
“The reality is that the government had choices today.
“It could have abolished the household tax and water charges.
“It chose not to. This was a political decision that will result in additional hardship for already hard pressed families.
“I would like to ask the Taoiseach what he expects such people to do.
“When faced with the reality that they do not have enough money to pay their water charges should they cut back on food?
“What bill should they not pay so they can keep the wolf from the door?
“One hundred and eighty thousand of our people are in mortgage distress – today’s budget did nothing to alter their situation.
“The budget showed that this government does not care about ordinary people.
“It does not care about the poor, the homeless, about young unemployed people or about people with disabilities.
“It is not troubled by the fact that we do not have a functioning public health system or that we are unable to house our people.”