It's savagery, says Howlin
THE ' last will and testament of a disastrous Government' is how Wexford TD Brendan Howlin described the Budget.
He said the Dáil listened in stunned silence as the Minister for Finance outlined the contents.
' The Minister's speech was merely a glimpse of the savagery planned by this Government on the beleaguered people of Ireland and there is much more pain and hurt to be endured,' he said.
Deputy Howlin said the Budget could be summed up in one word 'unfair': 'It is simply unfair. How can taking €8 a week from a carer providing full-time care and support for a disabled child or an elderly person be justified?' He said the elderly were exempt from the cuts because they organised a campaign and engendered fear in the hearts of the Government: 'Carers are too busy, too preoccupied with the full-time duty of providing essential care, to mobilise. They are not visible and they did not make it onto Deputy Healy-Rae's mercy list. They are expected to endure in silence.'
He said the Green Party, whose raison d'etre was to protect the environment and education, did so by charging €50 for a primary school child to get to school in rural areas. Secondary school pupils are charged €350 to go to school.
' They charge the children to get to school and then reduce the services available when they get there.'
The TD referred to Hitler, who, in his 1925 book Mein Kampf, coined the phrase ' the big lie', a lie so colossal that no one could believe that someone would distort the truth so much.
' The big lie is now being peddled again by the Government – we as a nation somehow fell into a state of fiscal chaos; some gaping hole opened up and we fell into it, The Fianna Fáil and Green Party Government were mere onlookers to the disaster, no alternative Government could have done any better.'
'It is a big lie that will not be swallowed by the people. The Government has taken them and their gullibility far enough and they now want rid of it.'