MANY QUESTIONS FOR COLLINS AND FF ON OFFSHORE ACCOUNT

26 September 2003

The publication today by the Revenue Commissioners of another list of tax defaulters list, who have paid almost €35m in settlements, including the holders of hundreds of bogus offshore accounts is a stark reminder of the extent to which many of the great and good in Irish society unlawfully evaded paying their fair share of … Continue reading Many questions for Collins and FF on offshore account

EBAY ANNOUNCEMENT A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT FOR WEST DUBLIN

16 September 2003

Labour Party Deputy for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has welcomed today’s announcement by internet auctioning company eBAY that they are to create 800 new jobs at a facility in Blanchardstown by 2005. However, Deputy Burton warned that such developments should not allow for government complacency on the jobs front. Deputy Burton commented, “Following last week’s … Continue reading Ebay announcement a welcome development for west Dublin

CONFIRMATIO OF 3-COM JOB LOSSES WORSE THAN EXPECTED

10 September 2003

Labour Party Finance Spokesperson, and Deputy for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has described the confirmation from the 3COM technology plant in Blanchardstown that it is to shed 640 jobs as “especially crushing given that the number of redundancies is worse than we had been led to expect.” Deputy Burton continued, “I am extremely disappointed that … Continue reading Confirmatio of 3-Com Job losses worse than expected

JOAN BURTON’S OBSERVATIONS ON DRAFT COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

9 September 2003

Fingal County Council has begun the process of drawing up a new Development Plan. Labour TD, Joan Burton, has made a submission to the County Manager drawing attention to the needs of Dublin 15 for schools, public transport and infrastructure before the green light is given to yet more thousands of houses in the area. … Continue reading Joan Burton’s observations on Draft County Development Plan

GOVT PURSUIT OF DEBT RELIEF INADEQUATE AND PIECEMEAL

4 September 2003

Labour Party Finance Spokesperson, Deputy Joan Burton, has called on the Government to insist that Irish representatives to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank come before the Oireachtas Finance Committee to explain their efforts to pursue debt relief and a fair deal for developing countries. Deputy Burton’s comments come as representatives from the … Continue reading Govt pursuit of debt relief inadequate and piecemeal

EXCHEQUER FIGURES PORTRAY ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT’S FAILURES

2 September 2003

Today’s exchequer figures showing continuing sluggishness in tax returns, together with the Taoiseach’s weekend admission of the economy’s difficulties, represent an indictment of the catastrophic failure of this government’s economic policy and management. All the signs of this government’s failures are increasingly evident. Job losses have mounted month after month. There are now less people … Continue reading Exchequer figures portray all of the Government’s failures

ANTI-POVERTY PLAN IS AIMLESS AND HAS NO TARGET DATES FOR ACTION

27 August 2003

The Labour Party Spokesperson on Finance, Joan Burton TD has decribed the National Action Plan Against Poverty and Social Exclusion published today by Minister Mary Coughlan as an aimless and target-less plan which will go no way towards meeting the Government’s commitments on tackling poverty and eradicating social exclusion. “This document is full of wishy-washy … Continue reading Anti-poverty plan is aimless and has no target dates for action

MCDOWELL’S PLAN TO GAG GARDAI ‘AN OUTRAGE’

21 August 2003

The plan by the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, to provide for a penalty of up to five years in prison for members of the Gardai who might disclose official information to a journalist or other party is an outrage and will be vigorously resisted by the Labour Party. Coming so soon after the government’s … Continue reading McDowell’s plan to gag Gardai ‘an outrage’

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