Tax and spend: What have FG done for your pocket?

Fine Gael’s reign has had a price tag for all workers as well as pensioners and unwaged

Before casting your vote in the general election it’s worth examining what effect successive Fine Gael budgets have had on your pay packet. Illustration: Paul Scott

Before casting your vote in the general election it’s worth examining what effect successive Fine Gael budgets have had on your pay packet. Illustration: Paul Scott

“It’s not about the money, money, money . . .” So sang Jessie J whose hit Price Tag was all over your radio when Fine Gael took office in 2011. Nine years later with many earners squeezed by rising housing, childcare and insurance costs and with near record employment, the upcoming election is all about the money.

What, if anything, have successive Fine Gael budgets done for your pay packet? What’s been the price tag of their nine years in power? Who’s paid the highest share and who, if anyone, is better off? Before casting your vote, it’s worth a look.

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