Dáil to vote this evening on social welfare cuts

TDs are expected to vote this evening on cuts to the social welfare bill outlined in Wednesday's Budget after the debate on the issue resumes this morning.

The Opposition has accused the Government of rushing the debate on the cuts in order to secure approval before deputies return to face their constituents at the weekend.

Yesterday's debate on the cuts was marred by rowdy scenes, while the Labour Party has vowed to continually disrupt Dáil business to try and prevent the cuts being approved.

Labour's Roisín Shortall during yesterday's debate sounded a warning to Independent TDs and backbenchers intending to back the Government's efforts to pass the bill into law.

"There is no obligation on them to support this," she said. "They are not under a whip. It's their choice.

"If they vote for these (measures), well then they have to face the consequences in their constituency."

Green Party deputy Paul Gogarty meanwhile defended the need to support the Budget.

"It's regrettable but necessargy," Gogarty said of the cuts to the social welfare provision. "And everyone on this side of the house is going to stand by it, because it has to be done."

The other business in the Dáil today is the Carbon Budget - full details of the new carbon tax announced two days ago.

Related Articles

More in this Section

'Stained, torn and dirty' - Number of complaints about state of Irish taxis doubles in one year

Man assaulted adult stepson and threatened to slit his throat in row over house and garden

Judge grants full trial transcript to family of man whose killer ate parts of his body

Woman admits carrying loaded gun at Connolly Station


Today's Stories

Bessborough mother and baby home: Delay in seeking details of burials

Department of Justice ‘critically conflicted’ over relationship An Garda Síochána

TD’s office vandalised as signs removed

Figures show that Leo’s health kick is inspiring TDs to get in shape

Lifestyle

The biggest cancer killer will take your breath away

Hopefully she had an idea...

Power of the press: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss 'The Post'

More From The Irish Examiner