Archive for the ‘Budget 2017’ Category

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in a spin over the Governments controversial first time buyers scheme. With an allocation of just €50m in Budget 2017 this may seem a little surprising. Less so when you consider the weight of opinion opposing the measure.

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Twice this week Minister for Housing Simon Coveney lost his cool. The source of his irritation was an inability to understand why his anaemic housing budget was not being greeted with universal praise.

At his Budget day press conference the normally composed Cork TD was visibly irritated when journalists questioned the wisdom of his so called help to buy scheme.

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There was something nasty about the way RTE framed last weeksbudget debate on Claire Byrne Live.

One parent families living on the bread line were pitted against pensioners struggling to heat their homes.

Are the less well off paying their fair share of tax? Are social welfare supports too generous?

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