Responding to Budget 2018, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:
“Budget 2018 shows no real vision for where our country goes from here. Returning to a balanced budget should have allowed us to do something differently, but Paschal Donohoe seems intent on keeping everything the same.
“That lack of ambition is seen in particular in the absence of any big climate actions proposed by this Government. There is not a single rail based public transport system ready to go. Cycling infrastructure has been allocated a measly €3 million. There is no funding for a roof top solar revolution and the Government has no big plan for building electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“The lack of direction is there in everything they do. There are marginal nudges in most sectors through the use of tax breaks and spending increases but no real sense of any strategic decision making. Our long term economic success requires us to be clear on what we want to be really good and how we want to place Ireland in the wider world.
“It as if we have learnt nothing from the economic crash. Fine Gael are interested in keeping economic growth going but seem to have no other societal values that they want to promote. This budget follows the same model that Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats set out for years. It is time for a change.”