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Cost Of Living Crisis: Budget 2023 Could Be Brought Forward A Month

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

01:02 30 Jun 2022

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The Environment Minister has suggested Budget 2023 could be brought forward by up to a month.

It comes amid growing pressure from opposition parties to introduce measures this summer.

They want more help to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Eamon Ryan also indicated some immediate measures - such as once-off fuel or food payments - can be introduced in Autumn.

But longer term financial plans will kick in in January, as normal.

The Green party leader says bringing in new measures before September would be a bad idea:

"I think whether it is September or October, it's a relatively minor change one way or the other."

"The opposition are also calling to do everything now."

"I don't think that'd be the right thing to do for a variety of reasons."

Emergency Budget Motion Defeated

Sinn Féin's proposal for an emergency budget was defeated in the Dáil last night.

The party called for urgent action on the cost-of-living crisis, but the government opposed the motion.

The government won a counter-motion by 69 votes to 59, which said there'll be a comprehensive package in October's Budget.

Speaking after the defeat, Sinn Féin TD Darren O'Rourke says he's very disappointed with the outcome:

"It seems clear, and is now very clear that Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens are happy to leave those in need of support waiting until October."

"We see that as completely unacceptable."

"Families are under huge pressure at this time, it is an increasing pressure."

"They cannot wait until October - that remains our firm position."

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