The three Dáil deputies for Kerry South are agreed that the lower paid and essential public services need to be protected in the forthcoming Budget.
With the 2016 Budget just weeks away, Deputies Brendan Griffin, Tom Fleming and Michael Healy-Rae have been debating where the balance should lie between spending increases and tax cuts. Finance minister, Michael Noonan will deliver the last budget before the general election on October 13th. Speaking during a debate on Kerry Today earlier, Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae said by giving more – through the likes of home care packages for the elderly – money can be saved in the long-run:
Fellow Independent, Tom Fleming said that the middle class have been squeezed by increased household bills and childcare costs. He says that those on low incomes have taken a major hit:
Meanwhile, Brendan Griffin of Fine Gael says that cutting taxes stimulates the economy. He wants any reductions in taxes to be aimed at those in work: