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Public Spending Reform Minister Michael McGrath said details of this year’s budget won’t be finalized until Sunday, but the government will have to extend energy assistance to families into March and April next year given recent fuel shortages. said he was aware of the fact that…inflation.

McGrath said a final decision had not yet been made on the exact support for families, but the government said “a long and harsh winter lies ahead for many families and the measures introduced in the budget will take that into account. We are aiming to put it in.”

“We are putting the final touches on the budget at this point. [Paschal] Donohoe and I will present the final package to the leaders on Sunday.

“I think it’s going to be a budget that will bring people a lot of benefit very quickly. It’s going to be a budget that will help people live, support their households, support their businesses, [because] The next few months are going to be tough, and we will admit it. “

At the official opening of the Port of Cork’s new container transport terminal at Ringaskiddy in the Port of Cork, McGrath said the support the government would provide families with the budget will be framed and structured to extend through March and April next year. said it will. .

“There will be support directly linked to energy costs.

“So with the resources available to us, our focus here is on the cost of living and on maximizing alleviation of the pressures people are facing. I’m not saying you can get rid of it entirely, it’s not possible.”

But McGrath won’t be drawn to speculation that the budget will include a €200 energy credit to help families struggling with rising fuel inflation.

“We have a few days left to give them that certainty. will be held in the morning of

“We know people are hurting. Right now, many people are having a very difficult time making ends meet and their bills are rising and they are likely to rise even more.” Many of the announcements we have made related to increased utility have not yet fully launched.

“And as the weather gets colder, people will use more energy and bills will rise even more. We have been considering it for months.

McGrath said the budget should target not only those who receive social welfare payments, but those who are working and not receiving state benefits but are feeling the effects of inflation on everything from food to energy costs. He said he would focus on helping.

“We will allocate critical resources to those who need it most … We are also feeling the pressure on many people who are working and who are not benefiting from the state, and we will continue to do so in the coming months. We recognize that you will receive a high bill for the state, you will need state assistance and we will provide it.

Asked whether this course of action would likely meet Sinn Fein’s demands for greater support for beleaguered families, McGrath took the opportunity to criticize Sinn Fein. , claimed that it was a gratuitous request for aid that would ultimately hurt the Irish economy.

“I don’t know if I can keep Sinn Fein satisfied, but I will study their pre-budget submissions and, in particular, how they will fund all the extravagant promises they are making. I look forward to seeing how it goes,” he said.

McGrath said the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Party Coalition has worked well within the government to manage the economy and finances in a responsible manner, and that this year’s financial report showed a surplus and expected That is the reason why it is showing a surplus again. for next year.

“We need to put forward a credible package that we can fund and it will be funded because this government has managed the economy well. It is for financial management.

“This is thanks to our corporate policies enabling a strong economic recovery and giving us the resources to help people. It says how the money generated by our policies will be used. [but] It doesn’t add up. “

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