Fine Gael senators are pushing for a new tax rate of 30 percent for middle-income people, permanent public transport reductions and an increase in income brackets for household childcare.
ánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that “very significant” cuts in childcare and college costs, as well as tax cuts for middle-income earners, are priorities for the party in the 2023 budget.
Fine Gael senators will push through a Seanad cost-of-living motion this week that will include cuts to childcare, taxes and public transport.
Senior cabinet ministers ruled this morning that other government TDs and senators will not oppose the motion.
Senator Martin Conway said the rising cost of living was prompting a return to the “rip-off republic”.
He said high prices for hotel rooms – despite the government’s extension of the reduced VAT rate of 9 percent until the end of the year – were a sign of a “rip-off republic”.
Fine Gael Seanad leader Regina Doherty said the 20 per cent cuts in public transport and half-price fares for young people should be made permanent.
“It was a great initiative to reduce public transport, but I’d like to see it permanent,” she said.
She pointed to a system in Berlin where public transport costs a maximum of €9 a week and said it would be “absolutely lovely” if it were replicated in Ireland.
Ms Doherty also said people in Ireland are paying the higher tax rate “much too early”.
Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar refused to comment on the senators’ motion, saying he did not want to speculate on the budget.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fine-gael-senators-in-budget-push-for-new-30pc-tax-rate-41752591.html Fine Gael senators in budget are pushing for a new 30 percent tax rate