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Sinn Fťin, Fianna FŠil and the independent TDs say Budget figures should not assume the passage of Croke Park 2. Opposition parties TDs have walked out of an Oireachtas committee meeting in protest at the Government’s insistence on presenting revised figures for Budget 2013 which included the proposed savings from the Croke Park 2 deal.
Sinn Fťin’s Mary Lou McDonald, Fianna FŠil’s SeŠn Fleming and independent TD Stephen Donnelly said they would not participate in a meeting of the Oireachtas sub-committee on Public Expenditure and Reform examining the revised figures. Oireachtas members are due to discuss the revised figures, published last week, at a series of committee meetings in the coming weeks.
This afternoon’s meeting marks the first of those meetings, when Public Expenditure minister Brendan Howlin was presenting the figures and explaining how the revised Budgets would affect State agencies falling under his remit. However, opposition TDs claimed the meetings should not go ahead – because the revised figures incorporated the €300 milion savings that would have been achieved if the Croke Park 2 deal had been accepted by public unions.
The Taoiseach has told the unions to go home and do their homework, and came up with some proposals to save Croke Park 2. So, what’s happening? Are the unions dictating Government policy now, or trying to, or is it all …well, just politics? Should be a very good show tonight … I’m expecting the gloves to be off when SF clash with FG …
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