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Video: Scuffles outside Dail as Budget hits young families and elderly

Brian Hutton and Ed Carty

Published 05/12/2012 | 20:20

Demonstrators gathered outside Government buildings to protest against the measures announced in the Budget
Gardai tussle with protestors outside Leinster House, Dublin, as Finance Minister Michael Noonan delivers the 2013 Budget and Ireland braces itself for its sixth austerity budget in four years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 5, 2012. Spending cuts and tax hikes worth 3.5 billion euro (£2.84 billion) were announced today, which Government leaders insist will bring the recession-shattered country a step closer to economic independence and growth. Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin announced 1.25 billion euro (£1 billion) in tax hikes and 2.25 billion euro (£1.83 billion) in spending cuts. See PA story IRISH Budget. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire

THERE were clashes between protestors and gardai outside Leinster House tonight after a scatter-gun Budget attack that will leave hundreds of thousands poorer.

A small number of the hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Dail clashed with the heavy Garda presence as anger grew at a budget that targeted young families, the elderly and the sick.

In the latest austerity onslaught, just weeks before Christmas, the government slashed child benefits, tripled prescription charges and rubber-stamped the hugely-controversial property tax.

Tax hikes that will drive up the price of solid fuel, cigarettes, alcohol and the cost of running a car leave little cheer in the run-up to the festive season.

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