Independent Alliance at odds with Donohoe ahead of budget
Group unhappy with progress on housing, health and social protection
Independent Alliance Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
All five members of the Alliance met Mr Donohoe on Tuesday evening for an hour and 15 minutes after a difficult meeting late last week.
In a statement, the Alliance said it is not happy with the progress on issues they have raised in the area of housing, health and social protection.
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It says major issues have “remain unresolved” and Mr Donohoe has yet to offer any clarity on when they may be.
The Alliance is seeking a number of new measures. Members had requested additional resources for carers, increased money for Housing Assistance Payments and a financial payment for stay-at-home parents.
The Independent Alliance has also proposed increasing gambling tax from 1 per cent to 1.1 per cent. It is estimated that would raise €5 million, which the group wants ring-fenced for addiction services.
The group held a similarly tense meeting with Mr Donohoe last week where members said they were “really annoyed, “disappointed” and “unhappy” with how the discussions had proceeded.