Two Kerry TDs have been trading political punches ahead of next week’s Budget.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan will deliver Budget 2017 next Tuesday in the Dail.
This latest war of words began when Fianna Fail Kerry TD John Brassil accused Sinn Fein of launching a direct attack on the county’s tourism industry.
Deputy Brassil said the party, which has launched alternative budget proposals, has wilfully negligent economic policies.
The Ballyheigue man has hit out in particular at a proposal to increase the VAT rate on the hotel industry from 9 to 13.5% which he says will see the cost of doing business rise.
Kerry Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris accused Deputy Brassil of having a brass neck.
He said €175-million-euro tax break for hotels could be used to provide services and tax breaks for hard pressed families.
Deputy Ferris clarified that the change would only affect beds other tourism activities would remain at the 9% VAT rate.
He added that Sinn Fein would take no lectures from a party that crashed the economy and burdened the Irish taxpayer with debts.