Equality Budgeting voted down again – Doherty
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said he is disappointed that once again Fine Gael and Labour have voted down an amendment to the Finance Bill in support of future Budgets being subject to Equality Budgeting.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Once again this year, Sinn Féin tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill seeking a commitment to full Equality Budgeting for future years and once again the government rejected it.
“The OECD recently slammed the budgetary process in the Oireachtas. It is therefore all the more disappointing this year that, after five years, the government has no intention of offering its budgets up for independent analysis looking at its effects on people by age, marital status, gender, income and a range of other statuses.
“The government has a right to introduce whatever budget it wants but the equality budgeting process should put an end to the spin and allow the facts of how a Budget has affected the Irish people and sections of it to be seen. Nobody should fear Equality Budgeting. The government reaction against it once again shows that they fear an independent light being shown on their decisions that would help the public cut through the political spin.”