Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin is set to host a public meeting on Budget 2017 on November 17th.

The meeting is being held in the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge and the keynote speaker will be Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath TD. The meeting will also be addressed by financial experts who will be available to answer questions from the audience.

Deputy McGrath will meet with local business people prior to the meeting to take on board the issues affecting enterprise in Kildare. He will also officially open Fiona’s constituency office in Athy.

Deputy O’Loughlin said, “This public meeting is an opportunity for people to discuss Budget 2017 and to understand how it will impact on them. Our Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath will outline the key measures of the budget and will take on board feedback from the audience. Financial experts will also be available to answer any questions that people may have on how the budget impacts them.

“Fianna Fáil committed to facilitating a budget in the interests of securing stability and economic growth for Ireland. We did not write the budget but we have influenced it and at last we are beginning to see fairness restored to the Governments economic policies. In particular we focused on facilitating a budget that invests in public services and targets tax reductions on low and middle income earners.

“Through the Confidence and Supply Arrangement Fianna Fáil has already secured a shift in Government policy with this budget based on increased investment in public services instead of solely focusing on tax cuts for the most wealthy in society. Budget 2017 is only the start of this process and Deputy McGrath will take on board the feedback from the public on priorities for future budgets.

“I have received numerous queries from the public who want to know more about how Budget 2017 impacts on them. The purpose of this public meeting is to help address those queries and allow people have a greater understanding of the key elements contained in the budget.

“Financial experts will also be on board to provide information on not only the budget, but also on practical issues such as financial planning for families. Advice will also be available for those who are finding it difficult to find suitable accommodation, particularly for those in the rental market. The meeting is open to all members of the public and is free of charge,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.