BANKS USING CUSTOMERS AS LOBBY FODDER.

15 October 2004

The Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Deputy Joan Burton, has called for urgent action to stops the banks from simply using their customers as ‘profit fodder’. Deputy Burton was commenting on new figures showing that the two main Irish banks were making nearly three times as much profit per customer and their European counterparts. “These … Continue reading Banks using customers as lobby fodder.

NEW FINANCE MINISTER MUST DELIVER FOR FAMILIES

4 October 2004

“The new Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, must deliver for families in this year’s budget. “Having had all summer to sort out his priorities, Minister Cowen’s first budget must focus on tackling the tax wedge for those on average wages, and on investing in the future of the Irish economy.” “The Exchequer Returns today are … Continue reading New finance minister must deliver for families

BURTON EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BY AN BORD PLEANÁLA DECISION ON RIVERWOOD

4 October 2004

Joan Burton TD, has said that she is extremely disappointed by the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant the application by Castlethorn Developments for a high-density, high-rise development of apartments and shops at a site bounded by Riverwood, Castleknock, the new bridge at Porterstown and the Woodbrook apartments. Deputy Burton said that the blame … Continue reading BURTON EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BY AN BORD PLEANÁLA DECISION ON RIVERWOOD

VARADKAR ALLEGATION IS TOTALLY UNTRUTHFUL

2 October 2004

A Fine Gael Councillor Leo Varadkar claims in a recent leaflet that I failed as your TD to make any objection to the proposal for high rise apartment blocks in the neighbourhood, at Diswellstown. ·I cannot understand why he should resort to such an untruthful statement when the record of my detailed involvement with local … Continue reading VARADKAR ALLEGATION IS TOTALLY UNTRUTHFUL

AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT PROVIDES FURTHER PROOF OF SHOCKING LEVEL OF TAX EVASION

27 September 2004

The confirmation in the Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General that investigations by the Revenue Commissioners have resulted in a windfall of €1.56 billion to the Exchequer is further proof of the extent to which a relatively small and wealthy group of people were allowed to evade their legal and moral obligations to … Continue reading Auditor General report provides further proof of shocking level of tax evasion

CAF FIGURES SHOW GOVERNMENT MISSING ALL DECENTRALISATION TARGETS

17 September 2004

Despite the positive gloss that Minister McCreevy is attempting to put on the new figures from the Central Applications Facility, the fact is that the government has failed to meet virtually all of its targets in regard to the number of people required for proposed new locations or the number of people required at individual … Continue reading CAF figures show government missing all decentralisation targets

CARBON TAXES: TAXPAYERS WILL FOOT BILL FOR FAILED GOVT CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

10 September 2004

Labour Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton, T.D., has said that today’s announcement by the Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevey, of the Government’s abandonment of carbon taxation leaves Irish tax payers potentially open to a huge bill because of the Government’s failure to adopt a climate change strategy in line with the international commitments it has … Continue reading Carbon taxes: taxpayers will foot bill for failed Govt climate change strategy

BURTON CALLS ON NEW FINANCE MINISTER TO TACKLE IMF AND WORLD BANK

9 September 2004

Speech to the International Jesuit Conference on Debt & Trade in the National College of Ireland, Thursday 9th September In October the new Minister for Finance will undertake his first important international commitment when he addresses the AGM of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, as Ireland’s Governor to both bodies. In most … Continue reading Burton calls on new Finance Minister to tackle IMF and World Bank

DECENTRALISATION: WHEN IS A DEADLINE NOT A DEADLINE?

8 September 2004

Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Deputy Joan Burton, has asked the Government to explain “when is a deadline not a deadline?” The deadline in relation to applications for decentralisation by civil servants has now expired, and despite undertakings to publish the information, the Government is staying mum on the numbers actually applying for decentralisation. “It … Continue reading Decentralisation: when is a deadline not a deadline?

TAOISEACH MUST CLARIFY POSITION ON PRIVATE FIRMS DRAFTING LEGISLATION

8 September 2004

Labour Finance Spokesperson, Joan Burton, T.D. has called on the Taoiseach to clarify, as a matter of urgency, reports that the drafting of parliamentary legislation has been subcontracted out to private legal firms. She also called on the Taoiseach to indicate whether the contracting out of the drafting of legislation was subject to an open … Continue reading Taoiseach must clarify position on private firms drafting legislation