Sinn Féin TD for Donegal, Pearse Doherty, has announced his party will bring forward a motion in the Dáil on Tuesday calling for an emergency budget for people worst-hit by the cost of living crisis.
Speaking today, Teachta Doherty said: “On Tuesday, we are bringing forward a motion calling on the government to bring forward an emergency budget.
“A budget that would support workers and families with the soaring cost of living crisis that people are feeling. One that would support lower and middle-income households through cost of living payments directly into their pockets. A budget that would also protect the most vulnerable by increasing social welfare in response to inflation. A budget that would increase the minimum wage and pension payments.
“As we see fuel costs soar, we need to cut the price of petrol and diesel at the pumps and the price of home heating oil by reducing the tax paid on them to the minimum amount that we are allowed to under EU rules.
“We also want to see the cost of childcare cut by a third. For those crippled by rising rents, Sinn Féin wants to see one month’s rent put back into your pocket through refundable tax credits.
“These are the measures that can and should be introduced by the government. It’s time for this government to wake up and to act because workers and families cannot afford to wait any longer.
“I am urging all TDs to back Sinn Féin’s motion next week to introduce an emergency budget now.”