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DURING Leaders' Questions in the Dail on Thursday, Mary Lou McDonald skewered Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte over his party's connivance in inflicting savage cuts on some of the most vulnerable people in Ireland.
"It is the utmost in humbug, Scrooge, to come in here and make any pretence that yesterday's Budget was fair," she began.
"He cannot talk about protecting the vulnerable and then launch an attack on carers, who care, in many instances, for people with profound disabilities. Does Pat Rabbitte get that? I heard his colleague, Joan Burton, saying to parents who rely on the back-to-school allowance to shop around. How out of touch is she? Is Pat Rabbitte actually that cheap and that glib?"