Tuesday 21 November 2017

Keaveney warns of middle-class strain

John Drennan

John Drennan

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

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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