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Taoiseach which of these cuts are you most embarrassed by?

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 03:15 PM

Following yesterday's Budget, it is clear that the more vulnerable in our society will be hit hard in its aftermath. From the pensioners who will lose their medical cards, to the young school child who will be taught in classes which rank among the largest in Europe, to families who will have to find €1500 each year just to register their child to college. There are many more hard-hitting attacks which are just too numerous to mention here but you can read a list compiled by our Social and Family Affairs Spokesperson Roisin Shortall in our media centre.

This morning the Budget was the only topic during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil. Grilling the Taoiseach about the '30 treacherous cuts' Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore asked him which of the cuts and charges he is most embarrassed by.

"We have a hard-necked Taoiseach leading a shameless Government. The very least you could to people this morning who are suffering pain from this budget is to express some degree of remorse, regret and apology to them."

You can see Eamon's contribution to the debate on the accompanying You Tube video. The full exchange can be read on the Oireachtas website sometime later today, You can also read a wide range of statements from Labour Party representatives on the Budget and its impact in the previous post.

What do you think of the Budget? Have you been hit hard? Do let us know in the comments.


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