Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Greens happy education escapes cuts

Green party leader John Gormley unveiled the spending plan alongside the Taoiseach

Environment Minister John Gormley has joined the Taoiseach and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to unveil Ireland's swingeing spending cuts, despite leading calls for a general election date to be set in January.

On Monday, Greens leader John Gormley disclosed he felt the Fianna Fail Government was not being completely open with the public and that he was effectively operating under orders.

But as the plan was unveiled in Government Buildings, Mr Gormley said his party was focused on the education and environmental measures included in the spending changes outlined, such as water rates, renewable energy and broadband.

"We are proud that education spending will be increased over the coming period," he said.

"This is vital to protect the needs of a rising generation.

"Increased spending on education is, above all, central to the efforts to rebuild national prosperity."

Under the new plan, water metering will be brought in by 2014 and carbon tax charges will double to 30 euro a tonne, raising 330 million euro.

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