Ministers are hiding their heads in the sand over the economic problems people are facing, Sinn Féin said, as the party’s financial spokesman repeated calls for targeted measures to help those in need now.
Erse Doherty said people were “tearing their hair out” of a government that he said had “made it a virtue that it’s not going to do anything for at least another four months.”
His comments came after Taoiseach Michael Martin again resisted calls to act before the fall budget was passed, insisting the government should “protect” Ireland’s growth while remaining “very vigilant” for inflationary pressures.
Mr. Doherty said his party is calling for targeted action to help people.
He told RTE Morning Ireland: “We are in favor of a cost-of-living package targeting low- and middle-income people, targeting renters, targeting families who pay the burglars. child care aimed at those who pay big money for fuel and fuel oil.
He said his calls were supported by various organizations and those on the front lines helping people struggling to make ends meet.
He told the programme: “I want to reiterate this point that it is not just me and Sinn Féin who are in favor of intervention right now. The Central Bank, the Irish Tax Advisory Board, and ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) have put forward these arguments, which go unheeded by the government.
“Those on the front lines, Social Justice Ireland, St. Vincent De Paul, those people who are dealing with the people who are queuing for food parcels this morning, the families who are trying to make ends meet are all calling for further actions. intervention. The only people who stick their heads in the sand are government ministers.”
A report released by ESRI on Thursday said Ireland’s economy will continue to grow this year despite forecasts that inflation will average 7.1% in 2022.
The report notes that a strong labor market, “robust” growth in tax revenue, and a “significant” reserve fund built into the latest budget “allow the government to have some room to reduce higher living costs for low-income households.”
Of people in need, Mr. Doherty said: “There are people here listening to this program, and they are listening to a government that has made it a virtue that they are not going to do anything for at least another four months. and they’re tearing their hair out because they’re worried about how to make ends meet.”
Mr Martin said action must be taken “in a comprehensive manner to weather the winter,” arguing that the country cannot chase inflation on a monthly basis, but rather must look to the longer term.
Earlier this month, Mr Martin denied the government’s slowness in action, stressing that the steps it has taken to address the rising cost of living since October last year amounted to 2.5 billion euros.