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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

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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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Budget offers shared prosperity for our people

Posted on October 15, 2014

"Budget 2015 is evidence of an Irish Government shaping a vision not about our past, but about our future. It is evidence that Ireland, battered as it was by misfortune and mismanagement is rising again, growing again, charting a course towards a stronger, more sustainable and more compassionate future - the kind of future our people deserve," the Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil today.

You can watch her entire speech back from the video.

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Budget invests in people and public services

Posted on October 14, 2014


Today Minister Brendan Howlin delivered his Budget speech. Budget 2015 will cement the recovery through shared prosperity, sustaining the economy and being fair whereby all Irish people will begin to feel the recovery in their everyday lives and in their standard of living.

You can watch Minister Howlin's speech back from the post and read his speech from our media centre.

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Minister Nash launches National Entrepreneurship Policy

Posted on October 10, 2014


The Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has launched a new plan (the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland) aimed at creating an extra 93,000 jobs from start-up companies.

[Download the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland]

“Entrepreneurship is critical to the health of the Irish economy. We now have a comprehensive policy to support our existing entrepreneurs and to ensure a steady pipeline of future business founders… We need to encourage more people to start their own businesses and have the supports in place to assist more companies to survive the first difficult years - this strategy is the blueprint to do just that,” Minister Nash said.

The measures in the plan include:

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Leaders' Questions - October 9th 2014

Posted on October 09, 2014

Here is a video of Leaders' Questions with the Tánaiste Joan Burton. The debate centred around mental health funding and water charges. You can watch the entire debate back from the video.

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Major reform of planning process announced

Posted on October 02, 2014

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This afternoon, the Minister for the Environmment and Local Government Alan Kelly was with our Dublin South West byelection candidate Cllr Pamela Kearns, Cllr Mick Duff and Deputy Pat Rabbitte were in Tallaght village this morning to launch major reforms of the planning process which includes amendments to the Part V provisions on social and affordable housing as incorporated in the Planning Act of 2000.

Speaking at the launch on the proposed Part V changes Minister Kelly said: "If this policy had been in place since 2000, we estimate that there would be an additional 15,000 social housing units in Ireland today. Under these plans, we expect in the region of 4,000 additional social housing units built by 2020. 

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Leaders' Questions - October 2nd 2014

Posted on October 02, 2014

Today's Leaders' Questions in the Dáil were taken by the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton TD. Today's debate saw questions on state board appointments process, and the economic recovery. 

You can watch the entire debate back from the video. If you're on Twitter, do follow Labour to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the party. 

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