We have made clear that we don't believe there is enough space for any tax cuts in this Budget. Instead, we have argued for the construction of 5,000 public homes, and the funding of Sláintecare (a new national strategy to build our public healthcare system) as the central points of our proposals.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are having a phoney war over tax cuts that will amount to between €2 and €4 per week for middle-income families. We have said that cutting school costs, reducing college fees by €1,000 next year, eliminating hospital inpatient charges, and increasing the public subsidy of childcare would save families a lot more
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.
Listen below to the The Irish Times podcast with Brendan Howlin. In the podcast, Brendan chats to Hugh Linehan and Fiach Kelly about #LabourRebuild, our upcoming party conference and the state of social democracy in these changing times. Have a listen below,
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh pictured at Casemet Aerodrome, Baldonnel where they landed on the beginning of their historic State Visit to Ireland. They were welcomed by Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh pictured at Casemet Aerodrome, Baldonnel where they landed on the beginning of their historic State Visit to Ireland. They were welcomed by An Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore and the Queen was presented with flowers by Rachel Fox
EDIT: May 18thListen!The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking on RTE's Radio 1 News At One about the Royal Visit.
The Labour Party Leader Deputy Pat Rabbitte speaking on Questions and Answers.
In the first Questions and Answers of the New Year, Labour Leader Pat Rabbitte joined Minister Dermot Ahern, Ian Paisley Jnr MLA, Professor Brigid Laffan and Irish Times journalist Lara Marlowe to discuss some of the latest issues to hit the headlines.
The Party Leader spoke on the range of issues up for discussion - from Northern Ireland, to the execution of Saddam Hussein and the war on Iraq. There were also some lively discussions on the forthcoming general election and the options that are being presented to the voters.
If you want to check out what he said, please click on this link to watch the show. (To view this, you will need Real Player or another suitable media player for your computer).