Fine Gael’s budget tailored for Ross O Carroll Kelly demographic – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has outlined how the government’s budget has been an exercise in pandering to the privileged classes, doing precious little to address the crisis in health, housing and education.
Speaking in the Dáil today an Teachta Tóibín said;
“Budget 2017 was a series of minor changes to what is a grossly unfair and broken system, some marginal improvements here and there, but mostly what we saw was Fine Gael pandering to pet audiences in the privileged classes.
“In the last election, Fine Gael’s vote shrunk around the country, except in one area - South Dublin. It’s clear that this demographic is increasingly Fine Gael’s focus.
“Introducing a €20,000 grants for individuals purchasing €600,000 starter homes, while 6,000 people languish in emergency accommodation for months on end around the state, is brutally inequitable.
“Giving 2,000 people €20m as an inheritance tax break, while emergency mental health services pull the shutters down the country at night time, is callously unfair.
“The Labour party targeted Ashbourne Anne before the election. It seems to me that Fine Gael’s target fictional voter is Rathgar’s Ross O Carroll Kelly.
“Those languishing on hospital trolleys, those hundreds of thousands waiting on ever-expanding waiting lists will see no respite in this budget. Education spending will be grossly insufficient to meet demand. Buying a house, or even affording rent will be an impossible goal for hundreds of thousands of people.
“Sinn Féin wants to radically change the way things are done. We would invest €1.8billion in public services, injecting €462 million in the health service, investing €278 million in education and significantly increasing funding in the area of childcare, with a €252 million package. We would also scrap the water and the household tax.”