ACTION NEEDED TO STOP BANKS USING CUSTOMERS AS PROFIT FODDER

21 August 2003

‘The Government must act to prevent the Banks using consumers as profit-fodder’ Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton has said. Deputy Burton was welcoming the publication of a consultation paper on the banking system by the Competition Authority. “There is an urgent need to accelerate this process’ said Deputy Burton. ‘The Competition Authority study … Continue reading Action needed to stop banks using customers as profit fodder

GOV POLICY CUPBOARD BARE AS GROWTH FORECAST SLASHED

19 August 2003

Minister McCreevy is as short of ideas as the exchequer is of cash, Labour Finance Spokesperson, Joan Burton has said. Reacting to the publication of the Department of Finance Economic Review and Outlook, Deputy Burton pointed to the remarkably brief and limited comments from the Minister. “It is clear that Mr McCreevy has simply no … Continue reading Gov policy cupboard bare as growth forecast slashed

URGENT MEASURES NEEDED TO COMBAT KILL-AT-WILL GANGS

18 August 2003

“The shooting dead of a man in a pub in Corduff last night brings to almost 15 the number of people murdered in gangland-style killings so far this year. This is a shocking statistic that requires an immediate response from the Minister for Justice and the Gardai. “What is of even more concern is that … Continue reading Urgent measures needed to combat kill-at-will gangs

BURTON REGRETS LOSS OF PHOENIX PARK RACECOURSE SITE

14 August 2003

Dublin West TD Joan Burton, Labour Party spokesperson on Finance, said the go-ahead for the development of 2,300 houses at the Phoenix Park and sale of Abbeville to property developers represents a victory for property speculators over balanced and orderly development. Both these deals will net many millions of euros of profit for the owners … Continue reading Burton Regrets Loss of Phoenix Park Racecourse Site

NO SIGN OF SLOW DOWN IN HOUSING COSTS

14 July 2003

Labour Party Finance Spokesperson Deputy Joan Burton has today accused the government of “glossing over its failure to provide sufficient affordable homes for Irish families at a time when the average house price has topped a quarter of a million Euro.” Deputy Burton was speaking following today’s publication of the Quarterly Housing Bulletin, which revealed … Continue reading No sign of slow down in housing costs

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST PEGGY HAMILL CHOSEN TO REPLACE JOAN BURTON ON COUNCIL

11 July 2003

Joan Burton, TD, has resigned her seat on Fingal County Council following the introduction of legislation ending the Dual Mandate. Fingal County Council has co-opted Ms Peggy Hamill to be the successor to Joan Burton TD on the Council. Cllr. Hamill is a long standing resident of Blanchardstown and Castleknock, who has served on many … Continue reading Community Activist Peggy Hamill chosen to replace Joan Burton on Council

MINISTER CAN GIVE NO COSTS FOR MORE THAN 30 TAX RELIEFS

6 July 2003

The Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Deputy Joan Burton, has said that replies she has received to parliamentary questions to the Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, show that the Minister is unable to quantify the cost to the Exchequer of almost 30 different tax reliefs. “It is simply astonishing that at a time of falling … Continue reading Minister can give no costs for more than 30 tax reliefs

JOAN BURTON CALLS FOR RETHINK OVER CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT FARMLEIGH

4 July 2003

oan Burton TD has said that she is very disappointed with the approach of Minister of State Tom Parlon TD to the issue of locating a Children’s playground at Farmleigh Estate. Despite giving Deputy Burton assurances that the issue would be examined, Minister Parlon has now stated that a playground will not be built at … Continue reading Joan Burton Calls for rethink over Children’s Playground at Farmleigh

EXCHEQUER FIGURES: A LOT OF DAMAGE DONE, MORE ON THE WAY

2 July 2003

“The news that tax revenues may be €500m below target this year is a clear reflection of the weakness in the indigenous economy and the Government-driven loss in our competitiveness.’ “Blame for the hundreds of job losses announced this week lies directly at the Government’s door. It was Minister McCreevy who overheated the economy, failed … Continue reading Exchequer figures: a lot of damage done, more on the way

O’REILLY COMMENTS EXPOSE GOVT’S AGENDA ON FOI

1 July 2003

Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Deputy Joan Burton, has called for the “immediate withdrawal of FOI charges” set to be introduced in little under a week, following comments by the Information Commissioner Emily O’Reilly that the charges will act as a “financial disincentive” to those appealing FOI decisions. Deputy Burton commented, “It is virtually unprecedented … Continue reading O’Reilly comments expose govt’s agenda on FOI