Local politicians give their reactions to Budget 2020

Reacting to todays budget, Roscommon Galway Independent Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice said he believes is anti-rural and will have the worst impact on people who have to travel for work from their home areas on a daily basis.

He also says the money outlined for targeting towards the midlands to offset the decline of Bord na Mona is much more lip service than any significant practical help.

Deputy Fitzmaurice’s constituency colleague Denis Naughten is more positive about the details announced as part of today’s budget.


The Independent TD is welcoming the investment funding that will be targeted towards the middle of the country.

He also says the home help additions and decentralisation study should also help counties like Roscommon and Galway.

Staying in Roscommon and local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy is welcoming the Just Transition Fund and other measures to offset the move away from fossil fuels,
but he’s critical of the fact that it and many of the things announced today won’t actually be coming on stream for some months.

Longford Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy Peter Burke is rejecting claims that today’s budget is anti-rural.

He says there is significant investment funding that will help counties in the Shannonside region, and he’s pointing to funding also invested through the Department of Rural and Community Development.

In Leitrim Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Kenny says that working families on average wages are seeing no cause for celebration in the budget.

He says while there might have been no surprises in today’s announcements by Paschal Donohoe there were certainly plenty of disappointments.

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