Labour Policy

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS – ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION & GROWTH

31 January 2011

What Ireland needs is a clear vision on how our economy is to grow in the future and a strategy to implement this vision. We need to replace Fianna Fail’s casino economy with an investment economy, where innovation is promoted across all sectors, where there is an environment that promotes firm start-up and expansion, and … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus – Enterprise, Innovation & Growth

HAVE YOU BEEN HAMMERED BY THE USC?

28 January 2011

Fianna Fáil’s parting shot to Irish taxpayers was a draconian €6bn budget that hammered people on low-to-middle incomes. They introduced a new tax called the Universal Social Charge which kicks in on everyone earning over €4,004 per annum. The impact of these tax hikes is only hitting home this month as people get their pay slips. Most … Continue reading Have you been hammered by the USC?

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS: READING AS A RIGHT

24 January 2011

One in ten Irish children has serious difficulty with reading and writing, or almost 50,000 primary school pupils. This rises to as many as one in three children in some disadvantaged schools. Literacy is the key that unlocks a child’s education; the means of exercising our rights as citizens; and an enabler of full participation … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus: Reading as a Right

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS – GETTING IRELAND WORKING

17 January 2011

One of the critical challenges facing the next government is to provide pathways back to employment for the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their jobs, or who have graduated directly from school or college to the dole, in recent years. Getting Ireland working again must be the number one priority. Every extra person … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus – Getting Ireland Working

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS – A FAIR & EFFECTIVE PENAL SYSTEM

12 January 2011

Ireland’s penal policy is not working. This week, the Labour Party published propoals for comprehensive reform of 5 key elements of the system: sentencing, youth justice, the prison system, the future of prisons and alternatives to prison. Irish prisons are costly, overcrowded and ineffective. Our prison population has almost doubled in a decade and is … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus – A Fair & Effective Penal System

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS – REFORMING RENT ALLOWANCE

10 January 2011

Reforming the welfare system and targeting fraud must be a priority for the next government. One area identified by the Labour Party where the system can be improved to make savings and encourage people into the workforce while ensuring families can access decent accomadation is rent allowance. Labour’s proposed reforms would: – Phase out Rent Supplement … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus – Reforming Rent Allowance

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS: NEW & BETTER GOVERNMENT

6 January 2011

The Labour Party today published comprehensive proposals to transform the way public business is carried out in Ireland. ‘New Government, Better Government; changing a broken system’ contains 140 proposals covering such areas as constitutional change; electoral reform; Dail reform; the National Parliament and the EU; ministerial responsibility and public service reform. See the Key Points … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus: New & Better Government

LABOUR POLICY IN FOCUS – INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE

4 January 2011

Over the past two years, the Labour Party has consistently called for investment in job creation to be put at the top of the agenda, but our government can’t see past bailing out broken banks and passing the bill on to taxpayers. Central to Labour’s alternative proposals for a jobs-rich recovery is a Strategic Investment Bank  which … Continue reading Labour Policy in Focus – Investing in our Future