Its finally happened. The Green Party have called time on the Government, but won’t resign until after the Finance act has been passed. Jackie Healy-Rae also has announced he will not be supporting the Government. Cork North Central TD, Noel O’Flynn, is tonight meeting with supporters to decide his future.
This has been a long time coming and with the election due in January, expect canvassing to start in earnest in the next week or two. Also will Fianna Fail be fighting this General Election with a new leader?
With the By-Election on Thursday, it will be a hard task to get the budget passed. Especially by a Government with could either be described as a “lame duck” Government or a “zombie” Government.
What can we expect from this budget? Well according to the Cork Evening Echo we could have the following:
- Social Welfare Payments (except Old Age Pension) down 5%
- Minimum Wage down €1
- All income to be taxed
- A property tax
Will this be enough? Or will this bring us further down as if the low-paid are to be taxed, they wont have money to spend and therefore support the economy.
Is it worth Fianna Fail’s time to pass the budget? Is it worth Cowen’s time to stay on as Taoiseach to pass it or should he just hand over to his successor (Lenihan or Martin??). I’m sure who ever wins the general election will probably have a mini-budget in April-May. Should we hold off until then?
In the meantime its time to dust off the walking shoes and prepare for a long and cold campaign.
In the meantime prepare yourself for plenty of protests.
*Title taken from a tweet by Cllr John Buttimer
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