Voters Opt to Forgo Tax Cuts But Christmas Bonus Will Survive

Almost two-thirds of voters have said they would be willing to forgo budget tax cuts at a time of rising fears over the economic cost of a no-deal Brexit, The Irish Times reported. According to the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll, just 39 per cent said they wanted tax cuts and/or social welfare increases that benefit them personally. Instead, 61 per cent said they would prefer the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to invest more in public services in next month’s budget, at a time of public housing shortages and long health service waiting lists. Mr Donohoe will pay a full Christmas social welfare bonus this year, but will not repeat last year’s €5 increase in the pension, dole and carer’s allowance in the forthcoming no-deal Brexit budget, the Sunday Times states. Read more