OPINION DIVIDED ON BIG-SPENDING BUDGET’S IMPACT ON BORDER REGION

16 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The landmark Budget 2021 announced on Tuesday will either bring jobs and prosperity to Co Monaghan and the wider Border region or severely disadvantage local farming families and rural dwellers and lead to an increase in smuggling and other forms of cross- Border crime. These contrasting prognoses were offered by political and sectoral opinion as the contents of a Budget governed by the health, economic and social ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic were being digested.

Much of the record-breaking spending provision is geared towards resistance to the Coronavirus’ deleterious effects on physical and mental health and countering the damage it is inflicting on economic and social activity. The Budget also contains a suite of contingencies to help cope with any adverse Brexit outworkings in 2021. Its distinctive Green tinge find most striking expression in the increase in the carbon tax, a move which has drawn predictable criticism from the motor industry. Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD and Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the Budget’s measures…

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