Deputy Doherty was speaking in response to the findings of an ERSI report which provides an analysis of Budget 2015 on households.
Speaking from Leinster House today, the Donegal TD said that the Government should be ashamed of themselves for devising and implementing budgetary policies that disproportionately impact low-income earners.
He said: “The ERSI clearly shows that under this government, the poorer you are the more you suffer and the richer you are the more you prosper.
“According to this report, Budget 2015 benefits the top 40% of earners to the detriment of the bottom 60%. That is outrageous.
“The Government spin about this budget protecting the vulnerable and low/middle income earners have been badly exposed in this report.
“Fine Gael and the Labour Party have nowhere to hide in relation to the poverty-fostering nature of Budget 2015.
“The cold, clear reality is here in the details of the ERSI report.
Deputy Doherty continued: “This government is no friend to the poor and the vulnerable in our society.
“The fact that the Labour Party is prepared to stand over such policy is further evidence of just how detached they have become from the interests & concerns of ordinary working people.
“We have to again ask the question – what is the point of the Labour Party in Government?
“Not even a change in party leader has halted Labour’s transformation into nothing more than a mud-guard for the cruelest of ring-wing measures.
“The poor and those struggling to make ends meet are not safe as long as this government remains in power.”