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  1. Budget 2021 designed to dazzle - all style but little substance for workers

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 05:24 pm - Senator Marie Sherlock Missed Opportunity to upskill and retrain workers during the pandemic   Speaking in response to the government’s Budget 2021 announcement, Labour Party spokesperson on Employment Affa...
  2. Budget does not deal with any of the long-term structural issues in higher education

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 05:19 pm - Senator Annie Hoey Nothing in this budget deals with precarious workBudget 2021 does not deal with any of the long-term structural issues in the higher education sector according to Labour Spokesperson on Further and Hi...
  3. Budget is a missed opportunity to transform Education in Ireland

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 04:21 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Budget 2021 is a missed opportunity to transform Education in Ireland according to Labour Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.Speaking after the announcement of Budget 2021, Deputy Ó Ríord...
  4. Budget 2021 not ‘equality-proofed’ - no funding increase for childcare

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 04:16 pm - Senator Ivana Bacik no increase in funding for childcare sector.Not enough done for Disability and early years to deliver transformational change.Labour Seanad Group Leader and Spokesperson for Children, Disability, Equa...
  5. Developers Budget Fails Renters and Young People

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 01:47 pm - Senator Rebecca Moynihan No hope for housing crisis unless State ramps up construction beyond todays weak commitmentsHelp to Buy will only inflate housing prices and shared equity line developers pockets Labour called for ove...
  6. Budget fails those on PUP and weekly social welfare payments with no certainty for older workers beyond 2021

    Tue Oct 13, 2020 - 01:00 pm - Seán Sherlock TD Restoring the cut to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment would cost appox. €10m a week.For second year in a row no increase to weekly social welfare payments.Budget only delays Pension Age increase fo...
  7. Huge increase in young people claiming the PUP – Budget support needed

    Mon Oct 12, 2020 - 03:20 pm - Seán Sherlock TD Biggest increase is in under 25’s with over 10,000 new claimants.Most claimants now in under 25, and 25 – 34 age cohorts.Budget must deliver for young people with new training places and continued...
  8. VAT cut for hospitality will do nothing for workers in the sector

    Sun Oct 11, 2020 - 11:52 am - Ged Nash TD Responding to reports that the rate of VAT in the hospitality industry will drop from 13.5% to 9% in next weeks Budget, Labour Finance Spokesperson Ged Nash said:“The problem for the struggling hosp...
  9. Extra four weeks of fuel allowance should be reinstated

    Sat Oct 10, 2020 - 10:30 am - Seán Sherlock TD commitment also needed on Christmas Bonus.Commenting on kite flying about potential measures in the Budget next week, Labour Social Protection spokesperson Seán Sherlock called for the reinstatement ...
  10. Public awareness campaign needed on wearing masks and not visor

    Fri Oct 9, 2020 - 09:44 am - Alan Kelly TD All studies show visors are not effective Labour Leader and Health Spokesperson, Alan Kelly TD,  has called for a public awareness campaign emphasising the wearing of masks and not viso...
  11. Guidance needed today on Government mid-term plans

    Fri Oct 9, 2020 - 09:30 am - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Uncertainty must be addressed, and school communities consulted with.Knock on consequences of an extra week of closure will need to be addressed.School communities already under huge stress from chall...
  12. Failure of Government Covid and Brexit Loan schemes raises questions for Varadkar

    Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 12:35 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Small drawdowns confirms that schemes aren’t working for businesses.Instead of sending letters Tánaiste should look at reducing the interest rate on loans.Less than a quarter of Working Capital Sch...
  13. Labour’s alternative budget is first and foremost a budget for workers

    Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 12:05 pm - Senator Marie Sherlock Speaking on the launch of Labour’s proposals for our alternative Budget 2021, the party’s spokesperson on Employment Affairs, Senator Marie Sherlock said:  “Labour’s alternative budg...
  14. Labour Senators urge support for motion on Uyghur Muslims in China

    Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 09:34 am - Senator Ivana Bacik Labour Senators will today support a motion, proposed by Independent Senators Rónán Mullen and Michael McDowell, which calls on the Government to act on human rights abuses committed against Uyghur ...
  15. Why the delay on Airport Testing asks Smith

    Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 05:01 pm - Duncan Smith TD Following questions to the DAA CEO at the Oireachtas Transport Committee about Covid-19 testing at our airports, Labour Transport spokesperson Duncan Smith is demanding answers from the Government on ...