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Keaveney warns of middle-class strain

JOHN DRENNAN

Published 11/11/2012 | 05:00

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LABOUR Party chairperson Colm Keaveney has warned that the Government needs to recognise that middle- Ireland's "capacity to take further pain is declining".

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Mr Keaveney said future Budgets had to make radical decisions such as recognising that the era of "welfare for life" was at an end -- and, at the other end of the scale, targeting high-profile tax exiles who pay no tax in Ireland.

"Many in the middle who are being squeezed -- by increased charges, wage stagnation, debt payments and increasing costs -- now want to see issues such as the reform of the social welfare system accelerated.

"There is something seriously wrong when someone can avail of tax avoidance but their family -- still resident here -- can enjoy publicly provided services, paid for by other citizens paying their full share," said Mr Keaveney.

Sunday Independent

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