A leading social advocacy organisation today blasted the Budget as “unfair and breathtakingly unjust” saying it would damage Ireland’s economic and social development.
In a statement, Social Justice Ireland described the Budget as “anti-family, anti-poor and anti-children”.
“Government chose to reduce the income going to large numbers of Ireland’s poorest people while wasting money on a useless scrappage scheme that will have no significant impact on emissions but will see most of the money going to overseas manufacturers,” said Dr Sean Healy, director.
“Government has placed its faith in the failed neo-liberal economic model which caused many if not most of the current economic problems not just in Ireland but across the world.”
“Decisions taken in Budget 2010 mean that Ireland’s poor and vulnerable people are being condemned to deeper poverty which may well persist for a lengthy period of time while those who created many of the county's current problems are either being rewarded or ignored,” Dr Healy concluded.