MICHEAL Martin has been accused of “not living in the real world” amid the escalating cost of living crisis.
The Cabinet met today to sign program 210 million euros Taoiseach said it aims to help households struggling with rising electricity bills.
Under the new scheme, all electricity customers in the country will receive a one-time €100 credit, with deductions to be made automatically by utilities.
But opposition politicians insist costs have so far remained out of control so energy credits will not ease the pressure on needy families.
And build a brand €100 discount “Not enough”, Opposition maintains gains will be canceled due to further price increase.
Mary Lou McDonald, director of Sinn Fein, told the Dail the cost of living had become “unbearable”.
And Ms McDonald dealt a blow to Fianna Fail leader Martin and accused the Government of a lack of urgency on the matter.
She rapped: “People are under tremendous pressure as they are hit by rising prices in every region and the living standards of workers and their families are squeezed by the highest inflation rate in 20 years. and government inaction. ”
Sinn Fein supremo also highlights how disruptive the housing crisis and health system are.
Martin last week told the nation it was time to be himself again as he announced the lifting of nearly all Covid-19 restrictions.
But McDonald’s hit back: “For too many people, getting back to being themselves means the stress and struggle of trying to keep up with skyrocketing costs while wages stay the same.
“The annual cost of putting food on the table will increase by almost €800, the average cost of running a car by €500. Record rents are up 8.1%. Families pay the equivalent of a second mortgage two to babysit. The cost of lighting and heating your home increases by up to 53%. It never ends.”
McDonald’s claims a one-time €100 credit on energy bills won’t be a game changer.
Labor leader Alan Kelly also revealed in the Dail, lamenting the Government’s defense that inflation was driven by international factors.
“That’s not the excuse we want,” Kelly told Martin. Those are the solutions.
“Honestly, I don’t think you’re living in the real world.
“Even international factors have an impact on families and workers in this country, your job is to deal with them, deal with what’s real.”
The Labor boss described the Government’s current cost of living policy as a “joke” and called for a rent freeze, as well as a reduction in VAT on energy costs.
But in the face of a wave of criticism from Sinn Fein and Labor, Martin still sided with the Government’s efforts.
“This government has embarked on a step change regarding housing,” he said.
Countering McDonald’s criticisms of the spiral waiting list, he said: “You’ve completely ignored any reference to the fact that our health service has endured the event that has occurred. one in a hundred years, pandemic.”
Martin also accused Sinn Fein of being opposed to recent housing developments and said the Government had introduced “targeted interventions” in recent months to support families.
“We have to avoid a wage spiral that will only create a further inflationary spiral,” says Martin.
“We have to think intelligently as a nation about how we protect families.”
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