Calls For Radical Change In Up...


Calls For Radical Change In Upcoming Budget

Emily Keegan
Emily Keegan

05:14 7 Oct 2023

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Dublin today to call for radical action on the rising cost of living.

The march, organised by The Cost of Living Coalition, began at Parnell Square and finished at the Dáil.

Political parties, such People Before Profit and Sinn Féin, along with the Union of Students in Ireland and trade unions, were all in attendance.

Among the demands are the controlling of energy costs, investment in public services and affordable housing.

Students are also calling on the government to get rid of the €3 thousand student contribution charge, in a bid to make third level education free for everyone.

Budget 2024 is due to be unveiled by the Finance and Public Expenditure Ministers on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier this week, it was reported that workers can expect to have an extra €1000 in their pockets in the budget, following proposed tax cuts and cost-of-living payments.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the move is being made to ensure hard work is rewarded.

As plans are in a finalising stages before Tuesday, there is currently an expected budget surplus of close to €10 million.

There are multiple calls for this money to be spent on investment into public services.

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