Taoiseach says the government understands difficulties regarding the rising cost of living
The Taoiseach says the government fully understands the difficulties many people are facing due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Micheál Martin was speaking in Blarney today ahead of a cost-of-living protest in the city centre on Saturday.
A coalition of student and community groups, local representatives and trade unions organised the protest and are calling for more to be done to tackle the costs faced by families.
The group say they stand in solidarity with the people that are having to choose between “heating or eating” and say there can be no profiteering from the current price increases.
Speaking to RedFm News, Taoiseach Micheál Martin says further measures will be introduced in the Budget in October:
“Because of the war, it’s changed the dynamic of our economy. We haven’t seen inflation as high as this since the 1970s. What we want to avoid is what happened in the 1970s, which went on for a full decade. That’s why, first of all we have taken measures, very significant measures already and we want to target measures on the forthcoming budget for those who need it the most. We want to try and do it in a way that doesn’t stope inflation further, or rather reduces the pressure on people the cost of living pressure on people which is very, very real.”