Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin outlines his party’s alternative proposals for Budget 2018.
“The future facing our country today is very different than it was five years ago. Our economy has recovered, strong growth continues and unemployment is falling.
But there are also many people around the country who are still hurting, and struggling to put food on the table for their families.
With our country now at a crossroads, Labour’s Alternative Budget seeks to cut poverty, not taxes.
We want to improve public services, build homes and hospitals, employ teachers and healthcare workers, and reduce the cost of living for our future Ireland.
One of the most pressing issues facing us as a nation is the housing and homelessness crisis, and Labour’s Budget includes a fully costed plan to invest nearly one billion euro into building an extra five thousand public houses in 2018.
In the key area of health, we are also committing to funding Sláintecare [a 10 year plan to revolutionise the health service with cross-party political support]. – a plan that must be delivered upon by Government.
“This document [at link below] presents a vision for our future and shows that Budgets can be drawn up in a way that will promote decency, justice and equality in our society.”