Deputy Michael Lowry has slammed what he described as the arrogance and hypocrisy of the Fine Gael/Labour led Government and has criticised them from breaking all promises made to the electorate prior to the last election.
The Independent T.D. for Tipperary stated that Budget 2013 is crammed with broken promises and row-backs and has highlighted the fact that this government were willing to do anything to secure election and are now abandoning all commitments and promises previously given without a second thought.
“The Government are speaking out of both sides of their mouths on this issue. Whilst assuring that social welfare and income tax will not be increased they are taking tenfold with the other hand and families are left reeling with cuts to their child benefit, cutbacks to jobseeker’s benefit, taxation of maternity benefit, cuts to respite care grants and increases in the cost of employment.
“Furthermore Minister Ruairí Quinn was happy to sign a pledge not to increase student fees prior to the election but now cannot get far enough away from this promise and is happy to slam students and their families with a further increase of €250 to the student contribution charge. This is outrageous and cannot be tolerated.”
“It is an insult to the electorate and hugely misleading to make such promises and to openly or through stealth recklessly abandon such.”
Deputy Lowry continued;
“This Government has introduced a budget that will adversely and unfairly impact on families, those on lower incomes and the elderly.
“Budget 2013 fails to protect some of the most needy and vulnerable in our society and in fact actively targets such.
“This budget lacks fairness and compassion. Vulnerable groups and the squeezed middle have again been hit with a raft of stealthy cutbacks and increases in costs which will adversely impact on their quality of life and will, in many cases, drive households into poverty.”