Seanad debates

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Finance Bill 2012 (Certified Money Bill): Committee and Remaining Stages

 

11:00 am

Photo of Martin ConwayMartin Conway (Fine Gael)

I welcome Senator Darragh O’Brien’s constructive comments. I support the Minister because he is right, in that the documentation that accompanies the Budget Statement is adequate. The budget as a whole was masterfully crafted to ensure a minimal impact on the less well-off. The budget hit people who could afford to pay. In the current climate, that we had a budget in which social welfare was not cut and the basic rates of tax were not increased is a tribute to the Minister and his colleagues.

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