Archive for the ‘Budget 2013’ Category

Like Robin Hood in reverse, Fine Gael take from the poor and give to the rich. To be more precise they take from low and middle income earners and give to the top 10%.

They are ably helped by their very own Friar Tuck but again in reverse. Labour are the jovial mendicant’s alter ego, slavishly bending to the authority of Frankfurt and Brussels.

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Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin has described Fine Gael TD Derek Keating’s budget speech as “dishonest and offensive’. Ó Broin also accused Keating of “seeking to scapegoat single mothers and those on social welfare in order to hide his own broken promises and lavish pay and expenses.”

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Eamon Gilmore claims that Budget 2013 is fair. He told RTE that, “This Budget… will produce over €500m in additional taxes on wealth…It’s the largest package of tax measures on wealth in this country that I have seen in my 23 years in the Dáil.”

During the Dáil debate on the Financial Resolutions on budget night Gilmore claimed that these measures “would raise €646 million in a full year”.

Unfortunately the Labour leader has produced no figures to support his claim.

Will individuals or households earning over €100,000 per year pay €500 million to €646 million in extra taxes as Gilmore claims? The answer for 2013 is a straight no. The answer for 2014 is far from clear.

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Speaking in response to Budget 2013 Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin said that “this budget is anti-child, anti-family and anti-jobs”. Ó Broin also accused the Labour party of “hypocrisy” for breaking their pre-election promises on child benefit and property tax.

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