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€3.8b Social Housing Package launched

Posted on November 26, 2014

Minister Alan Kelly

Over the next six years 35,000 additional social housing units will be made available as part of a €3.8billion social housing package announced today by Minister Alan Kelly.

Speaking at the launch Minister Kelly said the six-year €3.8b programme sets out to fully meet the Government’s ambitious goals for housing.

“It makes a fresh start for social housing in Ireland. One of the main priorities for this Government is to address the challenge of providing social housing for the people of this country; this strategy sets out how we will achieve this priority.”

The Social Housing Social Strategy 2020 includes:

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Budget 2015 - Getting people back to work with the Back to Work Family Dividend

Posted on November 20, 2014

Getting Back 2 Work

Job creation strategy continues to be a priority for the Government and one of the measures contained in Budget 2015, the Back to Work Family Dividend, is being introduced to help support unemployed jobseekers with children who want to return to work.

[Find out more about the Back to Work Dividend from our newly launched Getting Back 2 Work website]

The Back to Work Family Dividend allows the person taking up a job to retain the child-related portion of their social welfare payment on a tapered basis over two years. This includes those who move to self-employment, such as back into the construction sector, and those on the One Parent Family Payment.

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This is a significant moment for the country - Minister Alan Kelly

Posted on November 19, 2014

Today Minister Alan Kelly announced the details of the new water package saying ‘we as a Government needed time to listen and take stock and have done that’.

Minister Alan Kelly added: “We can either create the only company capable of delivering water infrastructure for our citizens or we can ignore the problems of future generations and let water shortages become a reality for our children.”

The key measures are as follows:

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Are you registered to vote?

Posted on November 18, 2014

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Next year you will have the chance to vote on introducing marriage equality. Marriage equality is something that we can all deliver for all our people but we have to ensure that everyone, including our young people, is registered.

You can check if you're on the electoral register from Check the Register and remember you have until November 25th. 

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Tánaiste Joan Burton speaks on Mairia Cahill and sex abuse in the Provisional Republican movement

Posted on November 13, 2014

In the video you can see the comments made by the Tánaiste Joan Burton in Dáil Eireann on Mairia Cahill, and sex abuse in the Provisional Republican movement.

You can read her entire comments from our media centre here.

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Supporting older people - Budget 2015

Posted on November 10, 2014

People around the country are, now and, at last, beginning to feel the benefit of the recovery and we want older people to be fully part of that recovery. Under Budget 2015, we have introduced a number of additional measures that will help support older people and ensure that they feel the benefit of the emerging recovery.

Christmas Bonus Returns This Year at 25% Rate

Christmas can be a time of greater financial strain for families. Under Budget 2015, we have secured a Christmas bonus of 25% for all people on long-term social welfare payments, including pensioners. This payment will benefit over 1.16 million people.

Living Alone Allowance Increase

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Social Welfare Bill sees increase in Child Benefit

Posted on November 06, 2014

Joan Burton introduced the Social Welfare Bill 2014 in the Dáil today which provides for the increase in the rate of Child Benefit from January. The increase will bring the monthly rate from €130 to €135 for each child, benefitting almost 613,000 families in Ireland. It will come into effect from 1 January 2015.

Speaking on the €5 increase in the Dáil, Joan said: “Child Benefit has been crucial in supporting families through difficult times and this increase will help families to build a better financial future and boost the recovery. I am a strong advocate of Child Benefit as a universal payment because of its crucial importance to low and middle-income families.”

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Strategic Banking Corporation makes good on Labour commitment

Posted on October 31, 2014

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Today Minister Brendan Howlin launched a new initative to get more lending to small businesses. The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland will be a state-owned banking corporation that will receive €800m worth of credit to flow to small businesses. It fulfills a commitment in the Labour Party’s general election manifesto back in 2011.

The original idea for a strategic bank for small business lending came in the form of a Labour Party proposal. Outlining details of the proposed strategic banking corporation, the 2011 Labour manifesto said: “The Strategic Investment Bank would be a key lender to SMEs and innovative firms.”

Today’s announcement turns that idea into reality. As Brendan said this morning, announcing the news:

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The Budget was in many ways remarkable

Posted on October 20, 2014

Minister Brendan Howlin and Minister Alan Kelly

This time last year, we estimated that to meet our budget deficit target would require further cuts of €1.3 billion on the spending side. That we are now in a position to increase expenditure, responsibly, indicates the progress we have made.To be forced to reduce expenditure for the past six years and seven budgets was unprecedented. It is the scale of the damage inflicted on the Irish people by Fianna Fáil in Government.We now have some flexibility to meet emerging demands and to invest in our public services. This is a further sign that we are normalising both politics and economics following the greatest economic crisis in our history.In this budget we have provided for a dramatic increase in investment in areas like social housing and we have rebalanced income taxes.

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Tánaiste rebuffs more Sinn Féin scaremongering and posturing

Posted on October 16, 2014

Leaders' Questions today saw the Tánaiste Joan Burton rebuff more Sinn Féin scaremongering and posturing during the debate which discussed water charges and taxation. You can watch the entire  debate back from the video. 

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