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Athlone based Senator, Gabrielle McFadden has dismissed as “fake news” a story in some national media outlets that the Christmas bonus for old age pensioners and social welfare recipients was to be axed.
Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe presented the second Budget of the Minority Government Fine Gael-Independent Coalition. Minister Donohoe announced that the total Budget package of €1.2bn favours expenditure increases over revenue reductions reflecting the Government’s commitment to invest in key areas such as education, health, childcare and housing. The Minister also announced additional capital expenditure of €4.3bn over the next 4 years.
Independent TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has welcomed confirmation from Minister of State at the Department of Health, Finian McGrath, that up to 10,000 children in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance are to be issued with a medical card, as agreed in last year’s Budget.
Skilled workers who cannot find employment, those who have emigrated to find work, lone parents who had to give up their jobs as they can no longer afford childcare following cuts to benefits, have been insulted by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.
The Minister for Finance is being urged to either retain the nine per cent VAT rate or introduce a lower rate in support of the hospitality and tourism sectors as well as retaining and creating jobs.
Two separate reviews of the legislation incentivising investment in film and TV production in Ireland are to take place, that is according to Galway West TD Seán Kyne who was informed of the decision in reply to a parliamentary question.
While the new FG/Labour coalition has had several big ‘set piece occasions’ since coming to power – the renegotiation of the EU/IMF agreement and the jobs initiative during the summer for example – last week’s Budget was always going to be a watershed moment.
Kilkenny Fianna Fail Deputy John McGuinness has pledged to thoroughly investigate the recent discovery of a €3.6billion euro ‘double count’ which saw a payment between State agencies being counted twice.
During a visit to Galway last weekend, Sinn Fein’s finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, called on the public to join the campaign to ‘Stop the Handover’ of billions of euros to Anglo bondholders.
THE worst kept secret in local politics was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon when Kilkenny TD Phil Hogan landed the plum job of Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.