Party President Michael Finnegan has dubbed Minister Brendan Howlin as “the Minister for Misery” after today’s
(Monday) welfare cuts budget.
said that the Minister was trying to put a human face on a ferocious budget which was singling out some of the most vulnerable
in society. He said that the decision to announce the budget over two days instead of one, and with two
ministers delivering the content was designed to bury the detail behind a fog of newspeak.
and social welfare payments have been cut by approximately €1 billion and no amount of Orwellian double-speak can wipe
away that reality," said Mr Finnegan.
this is the first course of the budget, then people can only expect that the main course, to be delivered tomorrow, will be
equally indigestible. Meanwhile the desserts, as usual, will be for the people at the
top. This is a budget of inequality and it seems like Labour are happy to prescribe the medicine
as long as their ministers can sit at the top table".
and particularly larger families, have been viciously attacked in this budget. In particular the cuts in the back-to-school
allowance, in the child allowance for 3rd and subsequent children and cuts in the health allowances attack families.
Statistically large families are more prone to poverty than small families and this budget increases the pressure on those
families. Cuts to fuel allowances, effectively by 20 %, is a particularly underhand attack on the elderly. The closure
of even more HSE-run nursing homes again increases the fear factor for elderly citizens and their families".
The Workers Party President said that there was not a single
redeeming feature about Mr. Howlin’s speech. “Whatever this budget is about, it is certainly not about social
protection, fairness or honesty".