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#OurFuture - Labour's Alternative budget

Posted on October 05, 2017

We have made clear that we don't believe there is enough space for any tax cuts in this Budget. Instead, we have argued for the construction of 5,000 public homes, and the funding of Sláintecare (a new national strategy to build our public healthcare system) as the central points of our proposals.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are having a phoney war over tax cuts that will amount to between €2 and €4 per week for middle-income families. We have said that cutting school costs, reducing college fees by €1,000 next year, eliminating hospital inpatient charges, and increasing the public subsidy of childcare would save families a lot more


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Time to get real on Brexit, Enda

Posted on February 04, 2017

Joan Burton TD held a seminar in the Mansion House on the spring economic outlook. In this very well attended meeting we heard speakers from ESRI, IBEC and UCD. Joan also made the case for Ireland to have a special status in Brexit negotations.


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Brendan Howlin on the Irish Times podcast

Posted on February 02, 2017

 Listen below to the The Irish Times podcast with Brendan Howlin. In the podcast, Brendan chats to Hugh Linehan and Fiach Kelly about #LabourRebuild, our upcoming party conference and the state of social democracy in these changing times. Have a listen below,



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Action needed on the cost of food

Posted on June 29, 2010

The cost of food in Ireland is almost 30 per cent more than the EU average and at a time when more and more people are losing their jobs, and when others are experiencing significant pay cuts, families are increasingly finding it difficult to make ends meet, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dáil today during Leaders Questions.

"There is no getting away from the fact that prices here are out of line with the rest of Europe," he said.

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Rip-off of Irish consumers must stop

Posted on May 27, 2008

Following on from last week in the Dáil when Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore raised the issue of Irish consumers being ripped off by British retailers among others, the topic was once again the subject of today's Leaders' Questions.

"I was glad that after I raised it last week that the Taoiseach asked the Tanaiste to get a handle on the problem. The National Consumer Agency is now to conduct a survey of prices, but more than a survey needs to be done," Eamon told the Dáil.

Eamon also suggested a number of actions the Tanaiste should consider in tackling consumer rip-off:

- On foot of the National Consumer Agency survey to name and shame rip-off outlets.

- Let consumers pay sterling prices by credit card.

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Irish consumers being ripped off

Posted on May 21, 2008

Rising prices and the rip-off of Irish consumers by British retailers was raised in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions this morning.

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told the Taoiseach how some British retailers are charging Irish consumers up to 50 per cent more than an item's sterling price. This is despite the strength of the Euro against sterling.

In these circumstances we would expect that the prices in the Irish branches of British retailers would have fallen, instead they are higher. The Sunday Business Post did a survey recently which found that the prices in Irish branches of British retailers are up to 50 per cent more than in the UK.

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