Mattie McGrath has said that Deputy Donohoe has “failed miserably” to provide the extra steps needed to take into account the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and to improve public services.
“The Minister began his Budget statement by stating we have a well-run economy for which the Government is delivering responsible management.” the Independent TD outlined.
“I do not know what planet he is on or that he thinks the people are on; this highlights the absolute fantasy land that the Minister and his colleagues are living in,” McGrath said.
He outlined that an increase of €6 in carbon tax means an increase of €1.02 on filling a car with 60-litres of petrol, €1.17 on filling a car with 60-litres of diesel, €1.44 per 40 kg bag of coal and an increase of 31 cent for a bale of briquettes.
“All of us in rural Ireland must suffer and endure that tax because of the need for petrol and diesel,”
“What this Government has been doing is taking the quality of life away from the people of rural Ireland, and indeed urban Ireland, and taking the axe to it.” McGrath stressed.
“It is to hell or Connacht, Cromwell's old adage. The Government never ever looked after the daoine beaga, the little people.”
Beef farming and Department of Ag
Commenting on the provision of €85m for beef farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the independent TD said, “The beef sector alone is a multi-billion euro industry that has been undermined completely by the inaction and lethargy of the Government and the Minister, Deputy Creed.”
“I hear rumours that he [Minister Creed] might be retiring; he may retire because he is no damn good in the job anyway and no good to the farmers of rural Ireland.”
“Indeed, it was a lack of leadership from the Department that created so much of the mess in which farmers found themselves and in which they continue to find themselves,” McGrath added.
Stamp duty, he said, is a “disaster” for farmers and for anyone struggling to buy back their home. “They must form one of these companies now to try and meet the banks and get their home back from the vulture funds.”
“One of the Minister of State's predecessors said that the vulture funds were necessary in Ireland.”
“I know what vultures are when sheep are lambing – they will take the eyes out of the heads of the lambs before they are born.”
“What a horrible connotation but the Government will find when it goes to the people about the merciless way it treated them,” McGrath concluded.