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Pressure on for U-turn on Budget cuts

THE GOVERNMENT came under intense pressure today to reconsider a number of crippling budget measures after conceding it was wrong to cut disability payments.

The opposition has seized on the climbdown – and demanded that Taoiseach carry out a review on a number of his Cabinet’s austerity decisions.

And a Labour TD has publicly admitted the Government is prepared to perform a U-turn on the move to slash funding for community employment schemes. TD Arthur Spring said a “number” of deputies are unhappy with the 66pc cut.

“I think that's something we've raised straight away. Because for places like the family resource centres that would have the childcare facilities, they would use people from community employment schemes,” he said.

Mr Spring's admission that there is manoeuvre to U-turn on further areas is sure to be seized by the opposition.

Fianna Fail today claimed that is “more than feasible” for the cabinet to hold immediate talks aimed at reversing some of the measures in the budget.

Public Expenditure spokesperson Sean Fleming said: “They have thankfully rethought disability payments and now they look like they are reversing savage cuts to community projects.”

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton (pictured) will today propose an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill – which will remove the controversial measure to cut disability payments.