“GENUINE RECOVERY BUDGET” RECEIVES MIXED REVIEWS

13 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

What Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar forecast in Co Monaghan on Monday would be a “genuine recovery Budget” received the customary mixed reaction from political and sectoral commentators when its contents were revealed in the Dáil on Tuesday by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe.

The Budget was distinguished by an emphasis on additional public expenditure rather than significant taxation reductions, with health, education and childcare the focus for much of the new spending plans.

The detested Universal Social Charge is being slightly decreased and first-time home buyers have been incentivised by measures that chime with the pro-active policies to address the country’s housing shortage which were extolled to the members of Monaghan Co Council last Friday by Minister for State Damien English.

Smokers have been hit by an additional 50 cent….
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