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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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Budget Watching

Posted on December 09, 2009

All eyes will be on the Dáil this afternoon as the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan TD unveils his Budget which is widely expected to be one of the hardest, toughest and meanest in a long time. There are a number of places where you can follow what is happening. If you are online you can watch the proceedings within the House on the Oireachtas website, or on Irish Election.

RTE and TV3 will both be broadcasting the Budget speeches live among their Budget coverage. The Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner also have dedicated Budget coverage as do Newstalk.

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Deputy Joan Burton speaking on Labour's Pre-Budget submission

Posted on December 04, 2009

In this post our Finance Spokesperson Deputy Joan Burton talks about our Pre-Budget submission which was launched today.

Between flash floods, swine flu and our ill-fated World Cup adventure there is little in the way of hope and optimism about these days. Non-stop talk about our faltering economy does nothing to lift the sense of gloom.

Even with a hairshirt budget on the horizon, however, I think there is cause for hope.

Ireland can and will get through our economic difficulties as long as we focus relentlessly on tackling the jobs crisis.

Yes, we need to deal with the Fianna Fáil budget deficit, but we need to do it fairly.

We need to protect people who depend on child benefit or the old age pension to make ends meet.

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Rabbitte eats his Greens

Posted on April 08, 2009

There hasn't been much light relief in the Dail this week, particularly with the harshest budget on record, but Labour Deputy Pat Rabbitte brought smiles to all sides of the House with a ten minute speech that used his trademark wit to pose very serious questions about the record of the Green Party in government.

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"How much of the €90 billion is represented by property abroad? - Gilmore

Posted on April 08, 2009

Leaders' Questions today saw the Labour Leader demand that the Taoiseach explain exactly how much of the €90b development is related to property abroad.

He said: "There is one aspect of the Supplementary Budget Statement I wish to pursue with the Taoiseach. This is the plan by the Government to take all the property which represents their bad debts off the hands of developers - the half-finished apartments blocks we see everywhere, the empty hotels and office blocks and the land that was bought at exorbitant prices on borrowed money from the banks.

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Working families to bear Budget brunt - Gilmore

Posted on April 07, 2009

"People who pay for everything are being asked to pay again," Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said this evening following today's budget speech.

Today's Budget as feared will place an enormous burden on middle-income earners, between massive taxes on gross income, loss of early childcare supplement and loss of mortgage interest relief. Despite the urgent need for action on jobs, there was nothing in the Budget to incentivise new jobs and while the Government has taken on board Eamon's idea of 'Earn and Learn' for short-time workers, there are just 277 places.

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Labour launches €2.8b budget package

Posted on April 02, 2009

Building a new, better and fairer future

Today the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton TD and Senator Alan Kelly, our Euro candidate for Ireland South launched Labour's pre-Budget submission.

Speaking at the press conference Deputy Gilmore said the €2.8b budget package contained "detailed proposals setting out the crucial steps we believe must be taken in this budget if the economy is to be turned round" adding that the budget must be fair and support jobs.

"I have a number of concerns about the government's intentions in regard to next week. I am concerned that they will not take any significant measures to address the jobs crisis. I am also concerned that those on low and middle incomes are again going to be the primary target of the government."

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Come clean with the opposition and the country about Budget plans - Gilmore tells Cowen

Posted on March 25, 2009

Once again Leaders' Questions saw Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore press the Taoiseach to come clean about the public finances and in particular what financial target the Government is hoping to achieve in the emergency Budget taking place on April 7th.

"You should tell this House what the target is, this isn't your money, this isn't the Government's money, you are not running a private business over there," Eamon told the Taoiseach.

"You are running our business, the public business; this is about tax payers' money. It is about time you came into this House, levelled with us levelled with the people of this country about what the scale of this problem and lets all get down to dealing with it collectively."

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Busy week for Labour's women

Posted on November 12, 2008

New women candidates - Claire O'Regan, Grainne Kilmurry and Eileen Drew who are all first time candidates running in the forthcoming Local Elections and who are taking part in Labour Women's mentoring programme.
Claire O'Regan, Grainne Kilmurry and Eileen Drew who are all first time candidates running in the forthcoming Local Elections and who are taking part in Labour Women's mentoring programme.

A number of different things have been happening this week on a wide range of issues, including the launch of Labour's mentoring programme for the forthcoming Local Elections, a debate on the Social Welfare Bill and another debate on the disgraceful decision on the cervical cancer vaccination.

On Monday Deputy Joan Burton launched our Local Election Mentoring programme for women candidates.

Launching the programme she said: "The Labour Party, with one third of its PLP being women, has the highest proportion of all political parties but we are not resting on our laurels. As deputy leader, I am leading a drive that will hopefully see many more women elected to represent Labour at the 2009 local elections.

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Taxation on illness will impact hard

Posted on November 04, 2008

Once again the Budget was the subject of Leaders Questions this afternoon in the Dail specifically rises in health charges which Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore called 'taxation on illness' and its impact on people in need of health care particularly low-income families.

"In the Budget the charge for attending accident and emergency was raised to €100 which brings it to seven times what the charge was in 1997," Eamon said.

"The charge for an overnight stay in hospital is now €75 which makes that three times what it was in 1997 and the threshold for the Drug Refund Scheme has been increased to €100 which is over four times what is was in 1997.

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