Saturday 25 February 2017

Revealed: The Budget 2017 winners and losers

John Downing

John Downing

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Tax rebates, animal welfare schemes and VAT rates for hospitality.... but all we really want to know is who are the winners and losers following yesterday's big Budget announcement.

We have them here:

Winners:

Katherine Zappone:

A novice minister, only a TD for six months, the Independent delivered a fully funded new childcare policy.

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Willie O'Dea:

Fianna Fáil's big ticket item, which dictated the play on the entire Budget, was the €5 on the pensions. The real Limerick Leader pitched it and pursued it doggedly.

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Sheep (yes, sheep):

Got a tenner when everyone else only got a fiver under the Animal Welfare Scheme for Sheep in a healthy farming package for new Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

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Enda Kenny:

The Budget will pass, so the Government won't collapse, there won't be a general election and he lives to fight another day. Fine Gael's identity, though, is weakened.

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Pensioners:

The grey voter proved they still packed a political punch, with each element of Government falling over each other to appease pensioners with various gifts.

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Losers:

 

Squeezed-middle families:

They get their fiver, but better not spend it all at once. Middle-income families got little enough after lifting the burden during the economic crash.

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Shane Ross:

No new money for Transport, precious little for Tourism and Spot. What was he doing during the negotiations? His colleague Finian McGrath did vastly better.

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Michael Noonan:

The man who frequently criticised that a camel is a horse designed by committee delivered a disjointed effort in his final Budget that had no discernible pattern.

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Pearse Doherty:

Struggled to sustain a level of indignation, much like the rest of the Opposition, who were left on the sidelines under 'new politics' after failing to go into power.

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Stay-at-home parents:

Tax Individualisation Part 2 springs to mind with the new childcare package, which only benefits those with children in creches or with registered childminders.

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