REVIEW URGED OF IMPACT ON TOP EARNERS’ TAX OF EXTENSION OF PROPERTY RELIEFS

7 December 2003

The Labour Party’s Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton TD, has said that there must be an urgent review, by the Minister for Finance, of the likely impact on the tax paid by top earners as a consequence of the Minister’s decision to extend, for tax relief purposes, a number of key property based investment schemes. … Continue reading Review urged of impact on top earners’ tax of extension of property reliefs

A DEEPLY CONSERVATIVE BUDGET, BY A CONSERVATIVE MINISTER IN A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT

3 December 2003

This is deeply conservative budget by a conservative Minister in a conservative government. It is short on ideas. It is short sighted. And the public has been short changed. There is one item of big news – the one the Minister never mentioned. This year he has implemented the biggest stealth tax of all. By … Continue reading A deeply conservative budget, by a conservative Minister in a conservative Government

COMPETITIVENESS REPORT A DAMNING INDICTMENT OF MCCREEVY’S RECORD

1 December 2003

The annual report of the National Competitiveness Council, published today, is a shocking indictment of the record in office of the Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy. Minister McCreevy is one of the longest serving Ministers for Finance ever, yet after six and half years in office the bleak record set out in this report is … Continue reading Competitiveness report a damning indictment of McCreevy’s record

BURTON SETS OUT LABOUR’S PRE-BUDGET PRIORITIES

30 November 2003

The Government has more than adequate resources to accelerate the capital investment budget and to allocate sufficient funds for ambitious social programmes, according to Labour’s Finance spokesperson Joan Burton TD when she outlined her party’s Budget priorities today (Sunday). Capital Investment Deputy Burton has called on Minister Charlie McCreevy to boost public capital investment. On … Continue reading Burton sets out Labour’s pre-budget priorities

WHITE PAPER SHOWS UP CONTRADICTION IN MCCREEVY’S STANCE

29 November 2003

The Pre-Budget white paper shows up the contradiction in Minister McCreevy’s stance on borrowing, Labour Finance Spokesperson, Deputy Joan Burton has said. Only this week, the Minister for Finance voted to allow France and Germany even more room for manoeuvre within the terms of the EU Growth and Stability Pact. Yet he has consistently applied … Continue reading White paper shows up contradiction in McCreevy’s stance

BURTON CALLS FOR REVIEW OF NON-RESIDENCE TAX RULES

28 November 2003

Labour Party Finance Spokesperson, Joan Burton, has called on the Government to commit to a thorough review and overhaul of Ireland’s non-residency rules. Speaking on the 2003 Supplementary Estimates Finance votes, she expressed her astonishment at Minister McCreevy’s reply to a Dail question by her that he has been “informed by the Revenue Commissioners that … Continue reading Burton calls for review of non-residence tax rules

EU STABILITY AND GROWTH PACT IS NOW A DEAD LETTER

25 November 2003

The attitude of the Minister for Finance to the EU Stability and Growth Pact seems to be a mass of contradictions, according to Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton TD. “On the one hand he has refused to countenance borrowing funds up to the level permitted by the existing Pact to keep the national … Continue reading EU Stability and Growth Pact is now a dead letter

ESTIMATES TARGET THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED WITH SAVAGE CUTBACKS

18 November 2003

SPEECH ON BOOK OF ESTIMATES 2004 When the public budget goes over the €40 billion mark is certainly a milestone. It does however prompt the remark that rarely in any country’s history has so much been spent with so threadbare a list of achievements to show for it. Minister McCreevy enters the pre-budget season with … Continue reading Estimates target the poor and disadvantaged with savage cutbacks

ESTIMATES SHOW SERIES OF CUTBACKS ACROSS THE BOARD

13 November 2003

Today’s Book of Estimates shows up this Government’s complete lack of vision and its flawed economic management. It displays no sense of strategic management either on the capital or current side. Instead we get another dose of the old tired routine of Stop and Start . This is motivated by base political considerations, as Fianna … Continue reading Estimates show series of cutbacks across the board

53,000 MORE PEOPLE PAYING TAX AT HIGHER RATE THAN IN 2002

7 November 2003

Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton TD has said today that new figures show that the percentage of taxpayers paying the higher rate of tax has increased dramatically from 27.89% in 2002 to 30.5% in 2003. “Figures released to me by Minister Charlie McCreevy in a parliamentary question this week indicate that the percentage … Continue reading 53,000 more people paying tax at higher rate than in 2002