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Get real, minister -- we'll only start spending when all the cutbacks stop

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Finance Minister
Michael Noonan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has appealed to the public to spend so that the country can start to prosper.

I am not sure what world the minister lives in, with his €160,000 annual salary.

But as a parent of four young children and struggling, all we are doing is saving and trying to put money aside for the next harsh cutback that this state will impose on us.

It is time for the cuts to stop -- then maybe we can start to think of spending.

Do I need to remind the minister of the following: the universal social service charge, impending bus-fare increases, gas increases, rising cost of school books? The list is endless.

Paul Doran

Clondalkin, Dublin

Irish Independent