Fianna Fáil claims credit for increased public spending

Party chief Micheál Martin says FF took tough line in negotiations with Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil will allow the budget to pass by abstaining in Dáil votes, but it is objecting to two key measures: first-time buyers scheme and subsidised childcare plan. Photographs: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will allow the budget to pass by abstaining in Dáil votes, but it is objecting to two key measures: first-time buyers scheme and subsidised childcare plan. Photographs: The Irish Times

 

Fianna Fáil forced the Government to accept a greater emphasis on public spending over and above what was contained in the deal struck with Fine Gael to facilitate a minority administration, Micheál Martin told his TDs and Senators last night.

The aftermath of yesterday’s budget also saw others involved in drafting the €1.3 billion package rush to take credit for it, with Minister for Transport Shane Ross saying the imprint of the Independent Alliance was all over it.

Mr Martin made his comments at a meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party. Finance spokesman Michael McGrath and public expenditure spokesman Dara Calleary also made presentations.

Tough line

Labour

While Fianna Fáil will allow the budget to pass by abstaining in Dáil votes, it is objecting to two key measures: the first-time buyers scheme and the subsidised childcare plan.