Employment & Economy

ECONOMIC AND FISCAL POLICY PROPOSALS

28 January 2020

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s manifestos lack any kind of serious determination to prevent another economic crash and they will both increase economic inequality. Fine Gael is proposing income tax cuts that will only benefit the top 20% and which will take €2.5 billion a year out of public spending on housing and health at … Continue reading Economic and Fiscal Policy Proposals

BETTER PAY, JOB SECURITY

28 January 2020

Work is changing and we need to change with it. A job for life doesn’t exist anymore. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have better pay, job security and be better able to balance our work and family commitments. Too many workers are underpaid, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. People … Continue reading Better Pay, Job Security

TAXATION DEBATE

21 January 2020

I appeared on ‘The Last Word with Matt Cooper’ for an Election debate on “Will We See Any Reduction in Our Taxes“. You can listen back to this debate here and below. Labour On Taxation… Now is not the time to cut taxes, with nearly 4,000 children in homelessness and hundreds of thousands waiting for … Continue reading Taxation Debate

RECORD TAX TAKE BUT GOVERNMENT IS FAILING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS

7 January 2020

The Government has taken in a record amount of tax in 2019. It is hard to contemplate this as the same Government has failed to manage investment in housing, health and public transport in any competent way. Notwithstanding a major announcement practically everyday, these announcements are making people despair that this Government cannot do the  … Continue reading Record Tax Take But Government is Failing to Solve Problems

GOVERNMENT HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE ON RETROFITTING

22 October 2019

The Government must address the skills shortage in the retrofitting of homes through creating apprenticeships, training and job opportunities. I have raised this in the Dáil, and you can watch a video of my interaction below. Recently, Professor John Fitzgerald told the Committee on Climate Change that Irish households will spend between €25 and €75 … Continue reading Government Has Room to Improve on Retrofitting

MOVE TO DELAY MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE IS WRONG

16 October 2019

The report of the Low Pay Commission is clear in its recommendation that the minimum wage should increase by 30 cent an hour to €10.10. It notes that this assumes an orderly exit by the UK from the EU. The majority report does not say the increase should be delayed. Rather it says the decision … Continue reading Move to Delay Minimum Wage Increase is Wrong

LATEST ON BREXIT FOR BUSINESS

27 September 2019

This week I questioned the Minister for Finance about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on customs clearance and other requirements for importing from the UK mainland and Northern Ireland, and the implications he anticipated of a no-deal hard Brexit for VAT and business. I also questioned the Minister about the steps he has taken … Continue reading Latest on Brexit for Business

BACKING LAGARDE CALL FOR MORE EU ECONOMIC STIMULUS

5 September 2019

Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton TD, has welcomed calls for EU governments to engage in more economic stimulus. The comments were made by Christine Lagarde at the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Deputy Burton said: “I welcome Christine Lagarde’s argument for the European Central Bank to be agile and to react to … Continue reading Backing Lagarde Call For More EU Economic Stimulus

THE LIVING WAGE

4 September 2019

The Government likes to paint a rosy picture of Ireland’s economy. There are exceptionally high levels of employment. Unemployment remains low and Ireland remains attractive to international companies. There is one downside to all this. All too often many of these jobs are at very low rates of pay and can be quite insecure. In … Continue reading The Living Wage

FURTHER FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT WELCOME – JOBS MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY

4 May 2016

Joan has welcomed new CSO data showing unemployment down to 8.4% in April, a drop of 1.3% since the same time last year. The number of people unemployed fell by 25,700 over the 12-month period. Joan commented: “When Labour took office, unemployment was on a firm upward trajectory and would peak at 15.1%, with a devastating … Continue reading FURTHER FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT WELCOME – JOBS MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY