Kerry Oireachtas members have been sharing their views on Budget 2016….
Minister Jimmy Deenihan said the Budget was a positive one and that everyone benefits.
He said people had made sacrifices and the government was giving back to people what had been taken from them in recent years:
Fine Gael deputy Brendan Griffin has welcomed what he said was overall a very good Budget with benefits for families, the self employed and the elderly.
But he says this is just the first of a series of budgets that will bring improved benefits to people.
Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris says he’s disappointed there’s nothing in the budget for small farmers who’re struggling. Deputy Ferris is the party’s spokesperson on agriculture. He says Sinn Féin had called for the Farm Assist be restored to pre-2013 levels as well as a 20 per cent increase in additional places in the Rural Social Scheme. He says cuts to the universal social charge will benefit bigger farmers.
Kerry South Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae says people will not be codded by this Budget.
The Deputy says elderly people have suffered cuts of up to three thousand euro under the coalition and only stand to gain a few hundred euro now.
Deputy Healy-Rae says all the Government are thinking about is winning the election:
Independent TD Tom Fleming says while the Budget has many positives, it could have gone further to address problems in society. Deputy Fleming says it has offered ‘huge incentives’ for private nursing homes but he’d like to see more done for public nursing homes and community hospitals:
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly has accused the Government of borrowing money to buy votes. He said the Budget favours the top 10 per cent of earners and analyses would prove this.