Budget 2020 has failed to provide adequately for the hard-working people of Ireland, and especially the people of rural Ireland, according to Michael Collins, Independent TD.
This budget, he said, “merely hands out a few crumbs”, creating the illusion that these crumbs are “more valuable to the people than they are”
He stated that the feelings created in this budget are an attempt from the Government to “scare the people” into accepting more “unjust taxation”.
Collins said that carbon tax is an attack on all the people of Ireland, especially the hard-working people of rural Ireland who just want to live a happy, productive life, provide for their families and “not be robbed of every spare cent they have in their pockets”.
He stressed that beef farming is in a “dreadful state” and the €200 suckler cow grant was vitally important this year.
“What does this budget mean to farmers and fishermen? It is a case of "Live, horse, and you will get grass". There is nothing in the budget for the farmer, save a promise that, if there is a hard Brexit, aid will be given.”
“Farmers need aid now, as they are going out of business, yet the Government does not see it, just as it did not see it during the protests throughout the summer,” he concluded.