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Fresh talks on tax cuts in New Year


An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD

Fresh talks between Fine Gael and Labour on future tax cuts will take place in the New Year, a Labour Minister has said.

Super junior Jobs Minister, Ged Nash, said the talks will take place within the parameters of an agreement between the two parties to "progressively cut income taxes".

At the same event, minister Richard Bruton denied the Government lied to the public on the Universal Social Charge (USC), saying it was Fianna Fail, not it, who said it was a temporary measure.

Mr Bruton said it was Fianna Fáil who introduced the much hated tax and it has been this Government which has sought to reduce its harsh impact on working families.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said positive assessments of Ireland's economic performance are of little consolation to somebody who "doesn't have bread in their kitchen".

The Taoiseach was speaking at the launch of Fine Gael's Budget Calculator which can be utilised by people interested in determining their income tax savings next year.

While Mr Kenny admitted that many people have not felt the impact of Budget 2015, he said these benefits will start to materialise from next month.

"There is so much information available and so much misinformation available to people now, that it can be quite confusing," Mr Kenny said.


"This is a case of reminding people that the government are showing flexibility and giving something back to workers, particularly those defined as the low and middle income earners."

Mr Kenny accused Sinn Fein of becoming "utterly populist" in response to their motion of no confidence in his leadership.

The motion is due to be debated in the Dail this week, coinciding with the water demonstration.