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Building a Shared Prosperity

Posted on October 06, 2016

Today we launched our alternative budget - Building a Shared Prosperity  with Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Seán Sherlock.

 

The Labour Party is presenting an alternative budget today, because we believe that a fully costed, progressive budget is possible.

With the chaotic nature of the current Government, we have a responsibility to have proposals ready that can be implemented if the need arises.

The amount of funding available for investment next year is limited. We don’t believe that using a third of this money to give people a tax break likely to equate to as little as the price of a coffee each week will have a real impact on people.

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Working our way to recovery - Budget 2014

Posted on October 15, 2013

Over the last two and a half years Ireland has made enormous progress and at the end of this year we are poised to regain control of our economy. This is the last of the bailout budgets and the treatment has been tough. It has been hard to do what is necessary but it is working and it will work. The economy is growing and we are creating jobs and reducing unemployment. We are working our way to recovery.

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With clear and determined leadership this nation will prosper again - Howlin

Posted on December 05, 2011

"There is no hiding from the fact that, as a Government, we must take very difficult decisions. But these decisions that we must take in the long-term and strategic interests of the State and its citizens," the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin said yesterday when announcing the Budget 2012 expenditure estimates.

"We are at the start of a reform process. Today and tomorrow are significant days in that process but our work is ongoing. Our resources are more scarce but we do have some choices. And this Government is choosing to divert those scarce resources - albeit not at levels we previously enjoyed.

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Catch-up on budget speeches

Posted on December 09, 2010

"Once again, the future is put on hold as children are made to pay for the mistakes of their Government.

"Labour passionately believes that, as a country, our best days are still ahead of us. We believe that, as a people, we can do a lot better.

"Labour believes we can restore confidence, build enterprise, expand trade, train our people, and create a stable and prosperous future," Deputy Eamon Gilmore told the House during his speech on Budget 2011. You can see his full speech in the video and read his contribution in our media centre.

We've uploaded a number of different speeches to You Tube made by various Labour representatives on the Budget. You can find links to them all below.

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There are two laws Taoiseach, one for tax exiles & one for those depending on social welfare

Posted on December 08, 2010

"The Taoiseach is presiding over two laws, one for tax exiles and another for people dependent on social welfare payments," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told Cowen today during Leaders' Questions.

"Will the Taoiseach explain why the measure on tax exiles, which was introduced last year, will take two years to come into effect whereas people on some of the lowest incomes in the country, including carers, widows, people who have lost their jobs and blind people, have been hit twice in the same period? The pain being inflicted on them comes into effect immediately."

You can watch Eamon's full contribution in the accompanying video and you can read the full exchange on the Oireachtas website.

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Government chooses to slash and burn and create even more problems

Posted on December 07, 2010

"This budget is every bit as bad as we feared," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD said this afternoon.

"The real tragedy is that having done all this damage, Fianna Fail risks compounding their earlier mistakes, such as the blanket bank guarantee and NAMA, with a Budget that takes an additional €6billion out of the economy.

"Labour fully accepts the need to reduce public expenditure and to close the budget deficit, but in this budget Fianna Fail has once again, chosen to take the route of the conservative consensus, asking those on middle and low incomes to bear the brunt of the adjustment, while priviledged elites such as the tax exiles did not even merit a mention in Minister Lenihan's speech.

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Plans for job creation at core of Labour budget strategy

Posted on December 03, 2010

Eamon and Joan - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and the Labour Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD at the launch of Labour's proposals for Budget 2011
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and the Labour Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD at the launch of Labour's proposals for Budget 2011

"Fianna Fail's plan to inflict a €6billion budget adjustment next week is dangerous for Ireland. It poses an unacceptable risk to jobs and growth," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said today launching the Labour Party's proposals for Budget 2011, In Ireland's Interest (download the document from our policy section)'.

"We cannot cut our way out of this crisis, we must also have growth. In this uncertain climate, a €6billion adjustment could inflict another year of stagnation on the Irish economy. Having endured so much, and having been promised that the corner was being turned, the danger is that the Irish people will have to suffer another year of little or no growth, and more joblessness.

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Taoiseach must explain the extent of the pay cuts announced in last week's Budget says Gilmore

Posted on December 15, 2009

Today's Leaders Questions saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD question the Taoiseach about the extent of pay cuts announced in last week's Budget.

Eamon said: "I want the Taoiseach to tell me if the cuts in pay will apply not alone to direct employees of the State but to all bodies, as stated in the Bill, which are wholly or partly-funded directly or indirectly out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas or from the Central Fund."

Following the Taoiseach's response where he fudged the issue Eamon said it was because the Taoiseach does not know what the impact of the pay cut will be because it did not assess what its impact will be on low-paid employees and those on social welfare.

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Links to Budget speeches

Posted on December 10, 2009

We've put up a number of Budget speeches on our You Tube channel. The video accompanying this post is the first of two videos of Deputy Leader Joan Burton's contribution, you can see the second part here.

Below you'll find links to the other uploaded speeches.

The Labour Leader Deputy Eamon Gilmore's Budget speech.

Deputy Michael D Higgins's Budget speech.

We also want to know what you think of the Budget which you can do in the comments section below.

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Budget - anti-family, unfair and divisive

Posted on December 09, 2009

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD

The Leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore TD writes here about the Budget

This is a budget that is viciously anti-family, fundamentally unfair and socially divisive.

Everyone knew that a tough budget would be required because of the unprecedented economic shambles created by Fianna Fail over the past twelve years, but few people could have anticipated a budget that would be so lacking in fairness.

The reduction in child benefit will hit the incomes of most families in the country. An across the board cut in child benefit will hit to low to middle income families particularly hard and runs the risk of plunging even more children into poverty.

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