A LEADING Independent TD said this was the Budget that will push many people over the edge.
Finian McGrath said the Budget was a "grave attack on children, families, those with disabilities and senior citizens".
"It is a Budget steeped in unfairness and full of broken promises, especially from the Labour Party," he said. His colleague, Catherine Murphy, said the property tax takes little account of ability to pay.
The taxing of maternity benefit is a "mean-spirited" measure, the child benefit cut is lazy and opposition to the property tax will be "fierce", Thomas Pringle said.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath said there are cherries in the Budget but austerity has not worked. He said the gardai need to be supported.
United Left Alliance finance spokesman Richard Boyd-Barrett said the Budget will "drive a few more nails into the coffin of the battered Irish economy".
He said the Government has chosen once again "to make the poor and vulnerable pay".
"Having driven thousands of people into hardship already, this Government made cold-hearted decisions which will drive a few more nails into the battered Irish economy," he said.