Contrasting reactions to Budget 2013 in Limerick

Michael Noonan delivering his budget speech this Wednesday

Michael Noonan delivering his budget speech this Wednesday

  • by Nick Rabbitts

AS the people of Limerick digested the ramifications of the budget, it is hoped that a range of measures announced by Finance Minister Michael Noonan will result in an increase in traffic at Shannon.

In a week where plans were put in place to cut Shannon free of the DAA, Mr Noonan used his Budget 2013 statement to say measures were being put in place to construct hangers and ancillary facilities “key to attracting aviation sector organisations” to Shannon.

The measure has been welcomed by Rose Hynes, who chaired the group tasked with getting Shannon moving again.

Limerick Chamber chief executive Maria Kelly has also welcomed this measure.

But there has been criticism of the budget across Limerick this Wednesday, with local SIPTU representative Paul Gavan saying the measures the government has adopted in raising charges for middle and low income workers is “not acceptable in any civilised society”.

Budget 2013 is set to affect people at all levels across the county, with the introduction of a new property tax, a reduction in child benefit by €10 and a rise in the price of cigarettes and alcohol just three of the measures.

With many publicans putting up the price of a pint by 10c already in recent weeks, it looks like those enjoying a drink are going to be hit on the double.

Local campaigners opposed to the household charge have warned the government to expect a huge backlash against their proposals to introduce a property tax - collected by the revenue - next summer.

People who have refused to pay the household charge so far are also set to see their arrears increased by €200.

And the elderly are set to suffer, with the special rate of universal social charge on pensions for incomes over €60,000 set to go up in 2014.

For full coverage of Budget 2013 see the broadsheet editions of the Limerick Leader newspaper, in shops Thursday, December. 6




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