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'Why did Fianna Fail ignore warnings on Nationwide? demands Gilmore

Posted on April 20, 2010

Leaders' Questions this afternoon in the Dáil saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore question the Taoiseach about Irish Nationwide.

"I find what the Taoiseach said remarkable, namely, that he was not given any report about anything amiss or strange happening in the society, given the fact that in 2006 the Government prepared legislation and brought it to the House one night. It was at night, the day before the House arose for the summer recess in 2006. The Government put the legislation through the House in one night, legislation that was tailor-made for the enrichment of Mr Fingleton.

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Anglo guarantee is tantatmount to economic treason, Gilmore

Posted on March 31, 2010

This morning in Leaders' Questions the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore voiced the concerns of the nation when he said how people were in shock and bewildered by the huge size of the figures and amount of money to be paid for the bail-out of Anglo Irish Bank.

Eamon went on to say how the Government, with the State guarantee for Anglo Irish Bank, has provided a blank cheque for the bank and yesterday we finally heard details of how that blank cheque would be filled in.

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Today is the day the Irish public gets the invoice for the banks bailout

Posted on March 30, 2010

"The Irish economy and banking system is not only affected by an international crisis which has to be addressed but it also in a unique crisis because of the policies pursused by his Government working hand-in-glove with property developers and bankers which created the property bubble and over-priced houses," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the House today during Leaders' Questions today before the Government announced the details of the banks bailout plan.

Eamon went on to say how the result of the Government's plan is resulting in working families struggling with properties that are valued at less than their mortgages which in turn have increased significantly.

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Harney has been a hopeless Minister for Health

Posted on March 10, 2010

Yesterday the news broke that more than 58,000 x-rays were not examined by a radiologist in Tallaght Hospital and according to the Minister for Health she was made aware of this problem in December but only realised the full scale of the problem yesterday.

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD raised the issue during Leaders' Questions and called on the Taoiseach to appoint a new Minister for Health and Children during his forthcoming cabinet reshuffle.

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Gilmore calls on Taoiseach to support Labour's plan to reduce commercial rent

Posted on March 09, 2010

Throughout the country retail businesses are being pushed to the wall having been locked into leases which were negotiated in better and more promising times.

The issue of upward rent reviews was raised during Leaders' Questions this morning in advance of the same issue being debated in Private Members' Time this evening in the Dáil.

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD urged the Taoiseach to support the Labour Party Private Members' Motion which will allow the downward revision of commercial rents.

Eamon said: "In every shopping street and centre in the country, retail businesses are pushed to the wall. They are trying to get costs down, custom through the door, to survive and to keep people in employment.

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No urgency from Government on jobs - Gilmore

Posted on March 03, 2010

With an impending reshuffle Leaders' Questions this morning in the Dail saw Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore demand the Taoiseach establish as part of that Government reshuffle a Minister with a dedicated responsibility for employment.

"There is an urgency in the employment issue and getting people back to work. From the Taoiseach's earlier reply, neither he nor any member of Government appears to appreciate or understand this urgency. We can only judge the Government's performance by results."

Eamon told the Taoiseach that the Government's policy on jobs is not working, we have record levels of unemployment and little or no action on the part of the Government to deal with it.

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Government's policy on banks is not working, Gilmore

Posted on March 02, 2010

"The Government policy on the banks is not working," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dail during Leaders' Questions this morning.

He spoke of how Ireland is now in its third calendar year of recession and a year since the Government announced its policy to establish NAMA. We challenged the blanket guarantee at the time and advocated nationalisation instead. Now commentators are speaking of how nationalisation is inevitable.

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An investment in education is an investment in recovery

Posted on February 02, 2010

Yesterday was the deadline date for CAO submissions and today we learned applications are well up on previous years with two applications for every college place.

This issue was raised during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil this afternoon when the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore reminded the Government that Labour has argued time and time again that additional places in higher and further education are needed to meet the needs of those who have lost their job.

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Government won't rule out another savage attack on public pay

Posted on January 27, 2010

Yesterday's Leaders' Questions in the Dáil saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore question the Tanaiste about whether the Government will pursue a third pay cut from low-paid public servants, the Tanaiste did not give a straight answer and once again Eamon pursued the Tanaiste today to respond to his question.

Citing the example of Mary, a clerical officer in the Department of Education, whose husband has lost his job and jobseeker's benefit has run out, Eamon explained in stark details how the pay cut has hit Mary's family hard.

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Gilmore demands assurance on no more public sector pay cuts

Posted on January 26, 2010

By the end of this week, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dáil this afternoon during Leaders' Questions, every employee of the State will have his or her pay cut for the second time in less than a year.

For those on €25,000 a year, this works out as €160 a month, a Garda or teacher in the middle of his or her scale will be down €400 a month while a staff nurse with 10 years experience will be cut by €560.

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