Friday 23 February 2018

Cowen has no right to bring in Budget

Now that John Gormley and the Green Party have called for a general election sooner rather than later, in addition to pressure from some TDs within Fianna Fail for Taoiseach Brian Cowen to step down forthwith, surely it would be most inappropriate for this administration to formulate the next Budget?

It is most unlikely Fianna Fail TDs will be returned to the Dail in sufficient numbers to form a new government and be answerable to the electorate for the stringent budgetary cuts that have been flagged.

The leaders of Fine Gael and Labour, the two main opposition parties in the Dail that are expected to form the next government, have stridently opposed proposed cuts to children's allowances; the old age pension; job seekers' allowance; the minimum wage; the over-70s' medical card; the Early Childcare Supplement; the Christmas bonus payments and bringing the low paid into the tax net.

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