Budget 2018 delays solutions to Galway’s health, housing and traffic crises another year

Reacting to Budget 2018, Niall Ó Tuathail of the Social Democrats said:
“At a time when Galway faces great challenges in health, housing and traffic, Budget 2018 is not providing the solutions.”
“An ambitious budget would have funded Sláintecare, the first cross-party plan for our health service. Budget 2018 didn’t. An ambitious budget would have provided a fund to build a mix of affordable housing in Galway for sale and social housing, taking Galwegians off the streets and moving children out of hotel rooms and into homes. Budget 2018 didn’t. An ambitious budget would have invested in bus networks and cycling lanes to unclog the streets of Galway. Budget 2018 didn’t.”
“Instead of tackling the real problems facing the country, saving much more money in the future that could then be put back into people’s pockets, government has tried to buy off every single voter with a fiver or a tenner a week. These major crises will now continue and worsen for at least another year because of government inaction. In the Social Democrats, we are trying to be honest with people about long-term solutions, keep taxes as they are and use the money to invest competently in the public services. We hope that the people of Galway will give us a chance to implement this kind of honest government at the next election.”