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Monthly archive December, 2011

Article (for the Sunday Independent) | Let’s have a real public sector pay debate

At a time when we need solidarity instead we will get prejudice and spin from both sides, writes Stephen Donnelly. And so it begins — the divisive, spin-sodden path to reducing the public sector wage bill. This week saw Pat Rabbitte and Brendan Howlin slide the Croke Park agreement on to the negotiating table and...

Statement | Budget is anti-poor, anti-disability, anti-women, anti-education and anti-Wicklow

Following meetings with social service providers in Wicklow, Stephen Donnelly TD, the Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, has hit out at a budget he described as “unfair, incompetent and ineffective.” He said: “Today I met with members of the Bray Area Partnership at their Community Christmas Lunch. The message was the same from...

Statement | Budget will harm small businesses in Wicklow

Stephen Donnelly TD, the Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, has today slammed the Government for introducing a budget that will have “a corrosive effect on small businesses throughout Wicklow”. “A range of measures in this budget will threaten small businesses and jobs in Wicklow,” Stephen Donnelly said. “The Government is passing a massive...

Statement | Visting the Bray Area Partnership

I met today with members of the Bray Area Partnership at their Community Christmas Lunch. The message was the same, from those providing community childcare, to those supporting people with intellectual disabilities, to those tackling homelessness – this budget is bad news. At the very time these organisations are struggling to deal with a surge...

Budget 2012 | Speech on the Social Welfare Bill

Stephen’s speech in response to the Social Welfare Bill on Friday December 9, 2011. We must see the Bill in the context of the overall deficit adjustment required. We all know it is impossible to make a €3.8 billion adjustment without causing some pain. Many have said there will have to be more. I read...

Speech | Treaty change is about the goal of furthering a federal Europe

  Stephen spoke today on the Technical Group’s motion calling on the Taoiseach to resist Treaty change at the European Summit. Here’s the text of the speech. This debate has been triggered by tomorrow’s European summit.  At that summit, the European leaders, Merkel and Sarkozy, will discuss treaty change with representatives of the other states,...