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Punitive interest rate raised in Dáil

Posted on December 15, 2010

"Will the Taoiseach tell us why Ireland is being charged a very high 3 per cent interest penalty on this money which is coming through the European Union? Why did the Government agree to it?, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD asked during Leaders' Questions this morning.

"When money was loaned to other countries under that provision of the EU treaties and I have referred to the situations in Latvia, Hungary and Romania, the additional margin was not applied. Thise countries were not charged an additional 3 per cent on the money lent. Ireland is the first country being charged a penalty rate of interest.

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Minister 'shutting the door after the bonuses had bolted' - Gilmore tells Cowen

Posted on December 14, 2010

"Are we in a situation where the Minister is shutting the door after the bonuses have bolted?... Are we in fact in a situation where, as this works its way out, we will find that the bonuses will end up having to be paid? - Eamon Gilmore TD asked Cowen today during Leaders' Questions.

Gilmore was questioning the Taoiseach about the letter the Minister for Finance wrote to Allied Irish Bank after it emerged that senior executives in Allied Irish Bank were to paid €40m in bonuses.

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Fianna Fail betrays low-paid workers

Posted on December 01, 2010

The proposed cut in the minimum wage was raised during Leaders' Questions by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD this morning.

"Someone who is working a 40-hour week will have their pay cut from €346 a week by €40 a week," Eamon told the House.

"Among the first who are being asked to pay the price for this bad deal are people on the lowest level of pay in the country, those at or below the national minimum wage."

Deputy Gilmore demanded the Taoiseach answer three basic questions on the plan to cut the minimum wage.

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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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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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Gilmore questions Taoiseach about HSE redundancy plan concerns

Posted on November 02, 2010

The short time frame for the Government's proposed HSE redundancy scheme was raised today during Leaders' Questions by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.

Deputy Gilmore said the issue is not whether there should be a voluntary scheme, something Labour has advocated since the publication of our policy document on the reform of the HSE (which you can download in our policy section); but the time scale which the scheme is proposed to be carried out.

"The issue is that having delayed until now to bring forward the scheme, is it practical to have t carried out in this short timeframe?

"Are these dates, 19th November and 30th November, absolute, or is it intended that if practical difficulties encountered in the scheme, the dates will be extended."

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Cowen can't answer key questions on Budget

Posted on October 27, 2010

Once again when questioned by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, the Taoiseach refused to answer questions regarding key information which would be vital to a proper debate on the economy.

"The House is due to take statements on the macro-economic and fiscal outlook, it will be difficult to debate such a matter in the absence of the information," Eamon told the House during Leaders' Questions this morning.

Eamon specifically referred to not being given the definitive growth forecast for next year, the detailed macro-economic growth forecast for the next four years, including forecasts and projections relating to consumption, investment, interest rates, wages, export, imports and unemployment.

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Gilmore asks Cowen to publish key Budget figures

Posted on October 20, 2010

"We do want to have a responsible discussion about the economic and financial situation but one cannot have it in a vacuum. Basic information needs to be provided," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD said today.

He made the comments during Leaders' Questions this morning when he asked Cowen to publish key Budget figures.

"The first piece of information we need to know is what are the growth forecasts for next year and if we are to have a four-year budgetary plan we also need to know the forecasts for the four years.

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Govt wants Opposition to sort out its mess, says Gilmore

Posted on October 19, 2010

"The Government got us into this mess and every prediction and projection made over the last two and a half years has been incorrect and dramatically incorrect in most cases," the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD said today during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil.

Gilmore was questioning the Taoiseach on how the Government has calculated the figures for budgetary adjustments so wrong saying the extent to which they are wrong is "utterly astonishing".

He went on to question Cowen's credibility 'having got it wrong so often, repeatedly and so dramatically'.

"The Taoiseach wants the Opposition to solve the problem for him, he wants the people of the country to pay for it and meanwhile he wants to stay in office. Does he seriously expect us to agree to this?

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