Monday 5 December 2016

Another Budget to shield the comfortable

Published 21/10/2013 | 05:00

Michael Noonan: minister's Budget 'won't be noticed by the well-off'
Michael Noonan: minister's Budget 'won't be noticed by the well-off'

* The moment of truth has arrived for this Government – particularly for Labour.

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During the Celtic Tiger glory years, medical cards were flung around like snuff at a wake, many to persons and families who exceeded the official eligibility criteria. From the viewpoint of accounting and administrative rectitude, these cards should be reviewed and withdrawn.

However, there is a massive political problem. Some of these people have grown older, suffering all "the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks, that flesh is heir to". Others have seen their relatives become dependent on the card. Some, considerate of the body politic, have shuffled off the statistics and relieved their relatives with the aid of the bereavement grant, now to disappear.

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