Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan hailed Budget 2019 as “fair, progressive and sustainable” on Tuesday.
“The financial package is designed specifically with Brexit in mind to protect us from the impending withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
“Budget 2019 will put more money in people’s pockets through four key measures: a reduction in income taxes and the Universal Social Charge, welfare increases for weekly recipients, reductions in the cost of living and pay increases,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin spokesperson Claire Kerrane, has described it as “a Budget for booming banks and vulture funds”.
“This Budget is the latest step in a vision for Ireland. It is a vision that sees Ireland as a land divided, between elites and the struggling. It sees two sets of rules, those who prosper must always prosper, those who struggle, will always struggle,” she said before adding that there was “nothing in the Budget for renters, Early Years Educators and for people on trolleys and hospital waiting lists”.