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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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
Earlier today we made a short video with our Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD . In it Joan talks about Black Thursday; how the Government has failed as well as talking about some of the things that Labour would do differently.
"Have you had a chance to read the two damning indictments of our banking crash", writes the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton TD.
"The two reports, one by international experts and the second by the Governor of the Central Bank , lay the blame fairly and squarely on the Government and in particular, on the Taoiseach, the then Minister for Finance and secondly of the total failure of the Central Bank and the Regulator to do their job of supervising the banks and preventing a crash."
Joan talks more about these issues in the video, do let us know what you think in the comments section below.
The Labour Leader and Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD
Never before in the history of the State have the policies of a Government been subject of such excoriating criticism as today's reports on the banking crisis from both the international panel and the Central Bank Governor. Ministers have worked overtime in the past week to extract as much favourable comment as they can from the 2 reports. All that effort is in vain because the entire thrust of both reports is a thorough indictment of the financial governance of this State over a prolonged period.
Joan Burton TD, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Katherine Dunne, Labour Women Chair presenting Mahin Sevidvash of UNIFEM with a cheque.
Labour Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD along with Labour Women marked International Womens' Day by donating to a UNIFEM project which builds shelters for women fleeing violence in Haiti.
Katherine Dunne, Labour Women Chair said, "Women are second-class citizens in Haiti. The minimum legal age for marriage is 15 years for women. Rape was only made a criminal offence in Haiti in 2005. Like domestic violence, women associate rape with shame. There are little protections for girls and women.
"In Haiti, women come last. After the earthquake the situation is even worse with shelters gone, family protection gone and schools gone. With this donation Labour Women want to help and also highlight the dreadful situation with violence against women in Haiti.
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.