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LABOUR PARTY CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS

12 July 2018

At a meeting of the Labour Party Executive Board this evening, on the recommendation of the Party Leader it was unanimously agreed that the Party would support the re-election of Michael D Higgins as President of Ireland. Deputy Howlin said: “On my recommendation, the Executive Board of the Labour Party has today unanimously agreed that … Continue reading Labour Party confirms support for re-election of President Michael D Higgins

BUS CONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXTENDED

12 July 2018

I had asked the NTA to extend the Public Consultation period for bus connects from September 14th until later in the autumn The NTA has agreed to extend the consultation period till the end of September. For further information please go to busconnects.ie  

STATE MUST DELIVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL

10 July 2018

Labour Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan today published a comprehensive policy document outlining Labour’s proposals for state led action to fix the housing system and deliver affordable housing for all. Deputy O’Sullivan said: “The Labour Party is proposing a new model of delivery for affordable housing that would over five years deliver 80,000 units of housing … Continue reading State must deliver affordable housing for all

IRISH INTERESTS MUST BE PROTECTED FROM UK BREXIT INSTABILITY

9 July 2018

Speaking today about the high-level resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis in the UK, Labour leader Brendan Howlin TD spoke about the absolute necessity for Ireland’s interests to be protected from instability in the British Government. Deputy Howlin said: “Theresa May’s Government looks extremely shaky following the resignation of the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, … Continue reading Irish interests must be protected from UK Brexit instability

MARIA CAHILL TO BECOME SDLP COUNCILLOR

9 July 2018

My good friend Maria Cahill is to be co-opted onto Lisburn and Castlereagh Council as an SDLP councillor. Máiría has shown incredible bravery and courage in publicly calling out the republican movement for the abuses she suffered at their hands, and has continued to campaign for justice for other victims of abuse. As a Labour … Continue reading Maria Cahill to become SDLP councillor

FF CONVERSION ON TAX CUTS TWO YEARS TOO LATE

9 July 2018

The reports today that the Fianna Fáil Public Expenditure spokesperson wants the budget to focus on living costs comes two years too late for many Irish people. The comments are a timely conversion however I’d like to know if it is supported by the Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath. In the total confusion that … Continue reading FF conversion on tax cuts two years too late

HOME BUILDING BILL MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO LINE THE POCKETS OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS

5 July 2018

Government’s new Housing Bill must be used for the development of more affordable purchase homes. This Bill must focus on the needs of working persons looking to enter the housing market, and not simply be a tool for wealthy developers to use public monies to drive up the cost of properties. Ireland is now subject to … Continue reading Home building bill must not be allowed to line the pockets of private developers

PUBLIC BANKING REPORT – THE NEED FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO BIG BANKS

5 July 2018

The government has finally published the Report Investigating the establishment of a Public Banking Network in Ireland Public Banking is poorly understood in an Irish context. A public bank is emphatically not a nationalised bank like the AIB. Public Banks in other EU member states are often municipally owned and/or restricted to a specific geographical … Continue reading PUBLIC BANKING REPORT – The need for an alternative to Big Banks

SLOW PROGRESS ON WOMEN IN TOP POSITIONS IN FINANCE

4 July 2018

There are nine positions at Secretary General, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Director Level in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Four of these are filled by women (44.4%). This is also above the Civil Service average.  The seven positions at Secretary General and Assistant Secretary in the Department of Finance are all currently … Continue reading SLOW PROGRESS ON WOMEN IN TOP POSITIONS IN FINANCE

IRELAND NEEDS A STANDING COMMISSION ON TAX

3 July 2018

For the last two years since the Apple judgement and the publication of the Panama Papers, and other controversies, I have argued that Ireland needs a Standing Commission on Taxation. If passed into law, it would look at case law judgements, issues arising from our membership of the EU and the OECD, the all too … Continue reading IRELAND NEEDS A STANDING COMMISSION ON TAX