Op­po­si­tion livid as el­derly and low earn­ers hit

Bray People - - About Greystones -

IT DIDN’T take for the op­po­si­tion long to lay into the new Gov­ern­ment bud­get with par­tic­u­larly bit­ing crit­i­cism re­served for road cut­backs af­fect­ing the N11 and the treat­ment of low in­come wage earn­ers.

Fine Gael Deputy An­drew Doyle has ac­cused Fi­nance Min­is­ter Brian Leni­han of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against low in­come fam­i­lies and older peo­ple, and has also slammed yet an­other de­lay in the fund­ing needed to com­plete the re­main­ing sin­gle lane sec­tion of the N11 from Rath­new to Ark­low.

He says, ‘I find it ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble that the 1 per cent wage levy is ap­plied to low in­come wage earn­ers the same as high earn­ers.

‘Tax in­creases on petrol, sav­ings, school trans­port, VAT and col­lege regis­tra­tion fees in­creases are un­fairly tar­get­ing low in­come fam­i­lies.’

He fur­ther feels that some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, such as the el­derly, are be­ing un­fairly tar­geted with med­i­cal card cut­backs, in­creases in hospi­tal charges and the drug re­pay­ment scheme.

The fur­ther de­lay of on the sin­gle lane up­grade of the N11, de­spite the danger­ous na­ture of that sec­tion of the road, is an­other part of the bud­get that Deputy Doyle finds dif­fi­cult to di­gest.

‘It was ready for ten­der by Wick­low County Coun­cil this year, and now the fund­ing has been cut again ac­cord­ing to this bud­get. We are also told that it might or might not be re-ten­dered in 2010.

‘This is in spite of the fact that the project is vi­tal for the safety of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties , that there are high num­bers of pre­ventable ac­ci­dents and deaths on this sec­tion and that two rounds of point­less ten­der­ing is wast­ing large amounts of needed money.’

FG’s An­drew Doyle.

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