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Have you no shame after what you have done to this country, Gilmore tells Cowen

Posted on November 30, 2010

Eamon Gilmore TD, Leader of the Labour Party told the Taoiseach he had no shame when questioning Cowen about the EU/IMF bailout during Leaders' Questions this afternoon.

"You have no shame after what you have done to this country to stand up here on the day you come back with a lousy deal like that," Eamon told the House. He added the Government did not have the "credibility or the authority or ability to negotiate a decent honourable deal".

He said that deal was a "sell-out of the country" and demanded the deal be ratified by the House.

"I have one question for the Taoiseach. Will he put the agreement to this House for its approval or rejection?

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Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pick up tab - Gilmore tells Labour's pre-Budget forum

Posted on November 29, 2010

Eamon and Joan

150 hardy souls braved arctic conditions on Saturday morning to attend Labour's pre-budget forum in Dublin city centre.

The scene was set by Party Leader Eamon Gilmore who argued passionately that Ireland's best days are in front of us, and that bank bondholders must be made to shoulder a fair share of the burden for the banks bad choices - taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pick up the full tab.

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Taxpayers foot bill for 13 years of Fianna Fail

Posted on November 25, 2010

Below is an extract of the speech delivered by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD in the Dáil on the four-year plan announced by the Government yesterday. You can read the full speech in our media centre and you can also see the contribution by our Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton TD on our You Tube channel.

This is the Bill for 13 years of Fianna Fáil.

This plan is the bill being presented to the Irish people for 13 years of Fianna Fáil misrule.

It is the direct result of the politics of the Galway tent

It is the direct result of 'show-time'

It is the direct result of the unbelievable political arrogance and folly of the worst Governments in the history of this state

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Four year plan is 13 year bill for Fianna Fail Government

Posted on November 24, 2010

"The four year plan published today presents the Irish people with the bill for 13 years of Fianna Fail Government. Over 140 pages, it outlines the price of economic failure," Deputy Joan Burton, Labour Spokesperson on Finance said today.

You can read the full statement released by Joan in our media centre and you can also listen to what Joan told reporters in Leinster House this afternoon in the audio clip.

Listen!

Our Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs, Deputy Roisin Shortall also released a statement saying the plan to reduce tax relief on employee pension contributions will hit the take home pay of hundreds of thousands of low and middle income workers

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"You've given this House and country a bum steer on the banks for a very long time," says Gilmore

Posted on November 24, 2010

"I will push [Cowen] about the banks because he has given the House and country a bum steer on them for a very long time," Eamon Gilmore Leader of the Labour Party told the House during Leaders' Questions this morning. Deputy Gilmore was asking the Taoiseach about the size of the bail out.

"It would be preferable and helpful and would add a little certainty to the public discussion if the Taoiseach gave at least a ballpark figure for what the banks will require rather than having commentators here and elsewhere speculating today and over the weekend on the amount required, given that this is the last day on which the Taoiseach will be answering questions in the House before next week.

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Cowen questioned on Budget timetable

Posted on November 23, 2010

"I don't think it is in our interest that we have a three to four month period of instability, of doubt, of lack of clarity," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told the House today following the Taoiseach's announcement that there will be a General Election following the Budget.

Deputy Gilmore spoke of how Budget is passed following a process of legislative items including the Social Welfare Bill and the Finance Bill which did not pass through the House until March 25th.

He went on to ask the Taoiseach what is the timeline for the Budget and whether or not the Government has a sufficient majority to put through the financial resolutions of the budget on budget night itself, the social welfare bill after that and then the finance bill.

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Government urged to be honest with Irish people on bail-out

Posted on November 18, 2010

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD today opposed the Order of Business in the Dáil because the only time set aside for debating the banks bail-out was 95 minutes in an item called 'Statements on Banking'.

"Statements on Banking is not an adequate proposal to deal with the issues which now must be discussed in this House," he said.

Deputy Gilmore added that providing only 95 minutes for debate was not enough 'in circumstances where this country is being humiliated by the manner in which the Government has been dealing with the financial situation and international institutions."

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Gilmore calls on Cowen to come clean about bail-out talks

Posted on November 17, 2010

"We are getting more of the pretence today," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the House during Leaders' Questions. During the exchange Gilmore challenged Cowen to spellout the full details of negotiations between the IMF and the EU.

"We are being told it is not the State that is involved but the banks, even though the banks and the State are virtually one and the same thing as a result of the guarantee.

"We are told that it is not Ireland that is the issue but the eurozone and that everyone is trying to save it. All of that is pretence.

"We know the officers of the European Commission and the ECB are here and that the officials from the IMF are on their way."

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Gilmore pushes Cowen on bail-out contacts

Posted on November 16, 2010

'I want to ask the Taoiseach what is going on', the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the House this afternoon during Leaders' Questions.

"We need to get some clarity... What type of contacts have been taking place between the European institutions and the Government over the course of the weekend?

"Were they at Central Bank level, official level or Ministerial level? Has there been any suggestion from European sources that some assistance is to be provided to the State or is it the case, as is being speculated in this morning's newspapers, that what is now being discussed is in effect another bailout for the banks, this time through the European institutions?

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Gilmore tells Cowen 'your judgement is wrong'

Posted on November 09, 2010

Leaders' Questions today saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD question the Taoiseach about the Government's decision last week to cut the 2011 Budget by €6 billion.
Deputy Gilmore said the Government's plan doesn't appear to have greatly impressed the markets.

"There was a cut of €4 billion last year and no growth resulted. It is intended to have a cut of €6 billion in next year's budget and the Government expects growth of 1.75%.

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