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Donegal responds to Budget 2017 12.10.16

DONEGAL Opposition politicians have been analysing Budget 2017 and offering their assessments on how it will affect the county.
Sinn Féin said the budget "lacks vision" with FF saying it fails 100,000 farmers.
Independent TD., Thomas Pringle claimed it is an "election" budget but conceded that it included "some benefits" for Donegal people.
Sinn Féin finance spokesman Deputy Pearse Doherty addressed the Dáil in his budget speech.
"During the past few decades the Irish people have each year had to live with the consequences of budgets drafted by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. One or the other, time after time. Now we get both in one Budget – the politics of the nod and wink, the politics of short-termism," he said.
"Why are they shrinking the tax base, introducing property tax incentives that will only push up house prices, and relying on vulnerable tax receipts?"
Charlie McConalogue, Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle.
Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue said farmers in disadvantaged areas would be disappointed by the failure of the Government to increase Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments in Budget 2017.
“Restoring ANC payments to 2007 levels is a key Fianna Fáil policy. The ANC scheme helps farmers ensure that agricultural land is maintained and sustained. Nearly 100,000 farmers are eligible for ANC payments and should not have to wait until 2018 to see traction on ANC payment restoration." He said it was also "regrettable" that no specific funding was ring-fenced to provide financial assistance to those who have seen their land and crop destroyed by severe weather this year.
Meanwhile, Deputy Pringle said: “Some positives for Donegal were the restoration of Farm and Fish Assist back to pre- 2012 levels. This will benefit many farmers and fishermen in Donegal but it has taken many years of being the sole voice on this issue in the Dáil and campaigning to see its restoration today.
"I would’ve liked to see an increase in the daily income limit of €12.70 for subsidiary employment to allow farmers who work in seasonal employment to get Jobseekers Benefit when they are paid off from work as well."
He also welcomed the new Fisher's Credit but said Budget 2017 was "really a phoney war" between FF, FG and the Independent Alliance over the start date of the next election.
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