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Gilmore calls plans to rebrand ESB/Bord Gais at cost of €80m 'daft'

Posted on October 13, 2010

The proposed rebranding of ESB/Bord Gais came under fire from the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD this morning during Leaders' Questions. Gilmore was questioning the Taoiseach about fuel poverty and the Government's failure to publish its strategy on fuel poverty as promised for the end of 2009.

Gilmore said: "The Government will spend €40m on the ESB and Bord Gais each for putting up new nameplates, letterheads and for new advertising at a time when the country is short of money.

"Those monies would be better spent providing some assistance to those families who cannot meet their fuel bills. Those families are being switched off by the two suppliers in question which then charge them €200 to switch off and another €200 to be reconnected."

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Cowen admits €50m spent on electronic voting is gone

Posted on October 06, 2010

Leaders' Questions this morning saw the Taoiseach admit under pressure from the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD that the €50m spent on electronic voting is gone. Gilmore called the spending 'part of a pattern of waste which was taking shape at that time'.

He said: "I want to ask the Taoiseach two questions in regard to this matter. First, will he confirm to the House that the €50m is gone, that we will not see it again and, as the spokesperson from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government stated yesterday, the money will not be recoved?

"Second will he finally acknowledge this was an appalling waste of money, a fact which nobody in Government has ever acknowledged?

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Taxpayer paying the price for Fianna Fail's failure

Posted on September 30, 2010

"This is the price of failure," Eamon Gilmore Leader of the Labour Party told the House this morning during the Order of Business referring to the fact that the taxpayers will be paying the price of Fianna Fail's failure on the bank bailout.

"We have now been told the final bill. This is the price of failure. It is the price of the property bubble, of the light regulation that Fianna Fáil has presided over, of bad government and of the blanket bank guarantee.

"It is the bill that Fianna Fáil is leaving to the people of this country. It amounts to between €45 billion and €50 billion."

You can read all the proceedings from the House on the Oireachtas website and view Eamon's contribution on the video.

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Cowen refuses to divulge cost of Anglo

Posted on September 29, 2010

The first Leaders' Questions of the Dáil term saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD demanded that the Taoiseach tell the House the final figure for Anglo Irish Bank.

"It is extraordinary that the Taoiseach tells us that he does not know the figure that will be announced tomorrow and that it has not been finalised yet. Is that the way the financial affairs of the country are being run?

"Is the Taoiseach seriously telling us that the Government has made a decision to come in here and ask for another extension on the guarantee without knowing where we are in terms of the cost of the last one and, in particular, where we are in regard to the Anglo Irish Bank figure?

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Gilmore pleads with Cowen for no more cutbacks for people with disabilities

Posted on July 07, 2010

As thousands of people prepare to march in towns and cities around the country to protest against cuts in services for people with disabilities, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD raised the subject in the Dáil this morning.

"It is fair to say that the people who are on the streets today felt that the days of having to protest, of having to walk on the streets in order to bring attention to the needs and difficulties they have in providing care for members of their family who have disabilities were over.

"They also thought the days of having to publicise the circumstances, difficulties and personal cases of their loved ones in order to embarrass the Government into providing the necessary care were over."

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Ireland has the worst bank in the world - Gilmore

Posted on July 01, 2010

Ireland has come first in the league tabled for having the worst bank in the world, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told the House this morning.

"We are told today that Anglo Irish Bank is the biggest lose-maker of any bank in the world and that is on top of the fact that the Irish bank bailout is the most expensive in the world," he said.

Despite this revelation the Government proposed to guillotine the debate on the Central Bank Reform Bill, which deals with the regulatory matters governing banks.

You can see Eamon's full contribution on the accompanying video while the full exchange is available on the Oireachtas website while the Irish Times has an article on the proceedings at this link.

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Biggest crisis facing the country is unemployment

Posted on June 30, 2010

With the highest number of people ever unemployed in the State the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD urged the Government to take unemployment seriously and get people back to work.

"That's 300,000 more than were on the live register when the general election took place in 2007. It is 100,000 jobs lost each year that the Government in its present form has been in office and 2,000 jobs lost each week," he said.

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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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Is the money gone?

Posted on June 22, 2010

"Is the money gone" Eamon Gilmore TD, Leader of the Labour Party, asked the Taoiseach this afternoon during Leaders' Questions. Eamon was referring to comments by the Chief Executive of Anglo Irish Bank who told a Dáil committee last week that most of the €22 billion of taxpayers' money paid into the bank will not be seen again.

Eamon pressed the Taoiseach about the comments adding that he was interested in proposals costing €5.5 billion put forward by IBEC, ICTU and the Construction Industry Council aimed at getting the 140,000 building workers who have lost their jobs back to work. Eamon added the €22 billion paid to Anglo would have funded those proposals for 4 years.

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Government has turned its back on the unemployed - Gilmore

Posted on June 16, 2010

Leaders' Questions today saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD question the Government's action on jobs saying the Government has turned its back on the unemployed.

"Why is unemployment such a low priority for the Government? What can the Taoiseach say to people who are out of work about when they are likely to get a job again? What specific steps are being taken by the Government to get people back to work?

Earlier this month we saw for the 12th month more than 400,000 on the Live Register. A total of 41 per cent of those out of work are classified as long-term unemployed with one in three young men aged between 20 and 24 years old out of work.

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