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Budgets were progressive

The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that the impact of recent budgets was progressive.  He cited the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) which showed that the loss of incomes from the 2011 budget would be between -2% and -3% across low and high income groups, but over 2009-11, the poorest groups were down -2% to -3%, middle incomes were down -5%, while top incomes were down -10%  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st February 2011, 962-3).