“An unimaginative and uninspiring Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil Budget” - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised what she described as “an unimaginative and uninspiring Fine Gael - Fianna Fáil budget.”
She characterised Budget 2017 as being unfair and lacking in vision vision for the future.
Deputy McDonald said:
“I was distinctly underwhelmed by the Fine Gael - Fianna Fáil budget. It will be a massive disappointment for so many people who year after year bore the brunt of the draconian cuts and austerity measures in successive budgets without any respite.
“This budget failed the ‘squeezed middle’ and despite the hype did little for our most vulnerable.
“This budget does nothing to address the capacity issues in housing, health, transport or education.
“The sad reality is that we will be back here this time next year with class sizes that are just as big as they are now and a HSE struggling to provide even the most basic health services.
“It is an unfair budget with unfair measures. How can this government justify giving a tax write off of €20 million to a small cohort with their Capital Acquisition Tax measures? They could have used this money to roll out 24/7 crisis intervention services for those in acute mental health need.
“It remains to be seen whether the additional €35 million promised for mental health will materialise. We await the HSE’s service plan to see if government is really serious about mental health services.
“This budget is really about standing still. It is not about progress.
“The budget lacks vision and clearly does not meet the needs of our people and our economy.”