BUDGET 2014 – FREE GP CARE FOR UNDER FIVES, BUT PENSIONERS AND YOUNG UNEMPLOYED TAKE A HIT

18 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Government Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin unveiled the country’s seventh successive austerity Budget in the Dáil on Tuesday, announcing a major new health scheme where free GP care will be provided to children under the age of five but also introducing a range of cuts which encompassed some of the entitlements enjoyed by old age pensioners and a reduction in dole payments to the young unemployed.

Reaction to the Budget divided predictably along party lines, with Government representatives accentuating the measures included to stimulate employment and enterprise while the Opposition focused on the sectors that will have to bear the chief brunt of the projected tax take increase and the requirement to take €2.5 billion out of the economy to meet Troika-dictated targets (See ‘Mixed Reaction to Budget 2014’ on page 4).

The main features of Tuesday’s Budget are as follows:
• Free GP care for those under five will be introduced at a cost of €37 million, in …

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