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Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar wants tax cuts to held the "squeezed middle". Photo: Douglas O’Connor.

Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar wants tax cuts to held the "squeezed middle". Photo: Douglas O’Connor.

Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar wants tax cuts to held the "squeezed middle". Photo: Douglas O’Connor.

The Government is facing its first major row ahead of the Budget over the extent of social welfare increases to meet the cost of living, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

Fine Gael wants to link welfare transfers, such as the state pension, to average earnings rather than the rate of inflation to control the cost.


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