STATEMENTS ON NORTHERN IRELAND

14 December 2017

STATEMENTS ON NORTHERN IRELAND DAIL EIREANN NOVEMBER 13th   Today’s vote in respect of women’s rights and the decision of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to vote for the repeal of the eighth amendment to put to the people shows what the methodical working of political institutions can do to … Continue reading STATEMENTS ON NORTHERN IRELAND

QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: NEUTRALITY

13 December 2017

Deputy Joan Burton: Earlier this week and last week the Taoiseach seemed very eager to attend the summit with a very clear commitment to Ireland joining the EU permanent structured co-operation defence group, PESCO, notwithstanding the context where there was very little time to hold any kind of detailed discussion in Ireland. While almost everybody … Continue reading QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: NEUTRALITY

SOFT BREXIT OR HARD BREXIT?

13 December 2017

I raised with the Taoiseach the comments of Brexit Secretary Dave Davis over the weekend. The Brexit Secretary’s comments have caused great annoyance on the continent both in the European Parliament and Commission and has undermined the British government’s relationship with their European colleagues. Deputy Joan Burton (Dail Eireann December 12th): Last week, the Taoiseach used quite … Continue reading SOFT BREXIT OR HARD BREXIT?

HOUSE DEPOSITS

13 December 2017

The Labour Party raised in the Dail the serious problem that is now affecting buyers of new homes waiting for their completion. Yesterday Brendan Howlin TD raised this in the Dail in context of the Land and Conveyancing (amendment) Bill Deputy Brendan Howlin: It is a novel way of subsequently answering questions. Today The Irish … Continue reading HOUSE DEPOSITS

LUAS CROSS CITY

12 December 2017

The extension to the Luas Green Line from Stephen’s Green to Broombridge is now open. Yesterday there were a number of teething issues to due with traffic signaling that caused a lot of congestion in the City Centre. I had received queries from a number of people about whether Bus routes will be returning to … Continue reading LUAS CROSS CITY

PARADISE PAPERS DEBATE TODAY

8 December 2017

Speech by Joan Burton TD Labour Party spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Dáil Éireann, Statements on Paradise Papers 8th December 2017 In the context of this discussion and the breakthrough this morning which will allow us to move to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations, one little island did not and … Continue reading PARADISE PAPERS DEBATE TODAY

ECCE DEBATE LAST NIGHT

8 December 2017

Last night under Topical Issues I had the opportunity to debate the future of the ECCE, scheme from September 2018 onwards in respect of children with special needs. Please find below the transcript of the debate:   Early Childhood Care and Education Deputy Joan Burton:   I am disappointed that the Minister announced the removal of the … Continue reading ECCE DEBATE LAST NIGHT

BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH

8 December 2017

The Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlin has said that today’s agreement between the EU and the UK marks the start of a process, not an end, and that the devil will be very much in the details of discussions ahead. Mr Howlin welcomed the commitment in the agreed Commission text that the British … Continue reading BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION SCHEME

7 December 2017

I am pleased that Minister Katherine Zappone has noted the concerns of the many parents of children with special needs who were extremely worried about planned changes to the Over Age Exemption in the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme.“Some of the impacted parents have described the importance of that extra year in ensuring their children … Continue reading Early Childhood Care and Education scheme

PUBLIC SECTOR RETIREMENT AGE RAISED

6 December 2017

Many people don’t feel ready to retire at the age of 65 and feel they still have a valuable contribution to make to the workplace in their mid and late 60s. The experience and expertise of older workers, as well as the fact that as a nation we are living longer and leading healthier lifestyles, … Continue reading PUBLIC SECTOR RETIREMENT AGE RAISED