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RADICAL APPROACH NEEDED TO ENCOURAGE MORE TEACHERS FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS

20 September 2018

Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has called for a new, radical approach in all teaching colleges to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider teaching as a career option. This comes as Maynooth University  have started a Turn to Teaching initiative to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds Senator Ó Ríordáin said: “Earlier this … Continue reading Radical approach needed to encourage more teachers from disadvantaged backgrounds

BREXIT COUNTDOWN: TAOISEACH’S QUESTIONS

19 September 2018

Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach when Cabinet committee C, European Union, including Brexit, last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again. [27644/18] Taoiseach I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, together Cabinet committee C assists the Government in its ongoing consideration of Brexit. It also covers other EU and … Continue reading BREXIT COUNTDOWN: TAOISEACH’S QUESTIONS

HOME LOAN SCHEME ISN’T WORKING – RENT TO BUY SCHEME NEEDED

19 September 2018

Speaking in response to difficulty many people are having in qualifying for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme, Labour Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan TD spoke about the need to make the scheme accessible to working families who do not have the ability to save for a deposit due to rental costs by introducing a Rent … Continue reading Home Loan Scheme isn’t working – Rent to Buy scheme needed

TIME TO ADDRESS PAY OF SECTION 39 WORKERS

19 September 2018

The Government is boasting of the success of a growing and stable economy while it denies vital pay restoration to thousands of workers in Section 39 organisations. This is inviting industrial chaos into a vital care sector. “For over a year, I have been raising in the Dáil the concerns of Section 39 workers across … Continue reading Time to address pay of Section 39 workers

CROSS-PARTY APPROACH NEEDED ON TAX AND FISCAL POLICY

6 September 2018

Responding to the publication today of Ireland’s Corporation Tax Roadmap, remarks by the Governor of the Central Bank, as well as a report by the OECD on the convergence of corporation tax rates internationally, Labour Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton argued for a cross-party approach to consider Ireland’s fiscal policy. Deputy Burton said: “As other countries … Continue reading Cross-party approach needed on tax and fiscal policy

ONGOING SCOLIOSIS CRISIS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE

6 September 2018

Labour spokesperson on Health, Alan Kelly TD, has criticised the Minister for Health for his failure to address the lengthy waiting times for children in need of scoliosis surgery. This comes as parents and their children are still waiting long beyond the four month waiting time previously promised by Minister Harris. Deputy Kelly said: “It … Continue reading Ongoing scoliosis crisis is a national disgrace

FIANNA FáIL’S LANDLORD TAX BREAKS WON’T ADDRESS THE CAUSE OF OUR HOUSING CRISIS

4 September 2018

Labour spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has criticised Fianna Fáil’s call for landlord tax breaks as part of budget negotiations. Speaking today Deputy O’Sullivan said: “Fianna Fáil’s plan for tax breaks in exchange for longer leases does not address the real causes of our housing crisis. The issue here is tenants’ rights. A tax … Continue reading Fianna Fáil’s landlord tax breaks won’t address the cause of our housing crisis

BUS CONNECTS: D15 & D7 CONSULTATION

3 September 2018

The NTA (National Transport Authority) have published comparisons of exiting bus routes with the new post 2020 bus network. Further details are available here: https://www.busconnects.ie/media/1301/route-by-route-comparison-table.pdf This week there will be two consultation events: Tesco Cabra – Wednesday September 5th 2-8pm Blanchardstown Centre Thursday September 6th 2-8pm

THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE ONGOING HOUSING CRISIS IS STATE-LED ACTION

29 August 2018

Reacting to the report by The Economist that House prices in Dublin are 25 per cent over-valued against income (Irish Times, ‘The ‘Economist’ says Dublin house prices are 25% over-valued’, 27 August 2018), Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin said: “Pope Francis was right to visit the Capuchin Centre to highlight the issue of homelessness. As … Continue reading The only solution to the ongoing housing crisis is State-led action

HOW WILL GOVERNMENT TACKLE ISSUES IN OUR HOSPITALS WITHOUT ADDRESSING PAY?

29 August 2018

Labour Party Health spokesperson, Alan Kelly TD, has questioned how the Government plans to increase capacity in our hospitals to tackle overcrowding without addressing the issue of pay in the health sector. Deputy Kelly said: “If this summer has taught us anything, it is that hospital overcrowding is no longer just a winter phenomenon. If … Continue reading How will Government tackle issues in our hospitals without addressing pay?