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Monthly archive November, 2012
Protecting the Self-Employed

Protecting the Self-Employed

Earlier this week, I asked Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton why Family Income Supplement isn’t available to self-employed workers. For a parent working full time on minimum wage with two children, this scheme pays an additional 33% on top of their wage. But only for PAYE workers. To avail of the payment, workers must...
On George Lee's Tax Return

On George Lee’s Tax Return

On Monday November 26, I was on George Lee’s Tax Return on RTE 1. The programme saw George meeting a range of Irish families and discussing where their tax money goes and what they get in return. My contribution involved discussing how much of the national tax take is spent on the nation’s banking debt....
Asking Turkeys to Vote for Christmas

Asking Turkeys to Vote for Christmas

Last week, I gave a shortened speech in the Dáil on the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2012. This week, I got the chance to finish it. This bill that proposes to reduce the number of TDs by eight, could and should go further to radically improve Dáil performance. We need to have an open...
Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

This article was originally printed in the Sunday Independent on November 25, 2012. You can read the original version here. Or you can just read it below. Cloak and dagger farce of a Budget breeds fear In 10 days, Ministers Noonan and Howlin will walk into the Dail chamber and unveil Budget 2013. Detailing €1.25bn...
The banking crisis with Claire Byrne

The banking crisis with Claire Byrne

I was on Saturday with Claire Byrne on November 17, talking about the banking crisis alongside Minister for State at the Department of Health Alex White, leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan and Simon Carswell of the Irish Times. You can listen back to the slot below.
Marching Against Disability Cuts

Marching Against Disability Cuts

Yesterday 5,000 people with disabilities and their families marched to the Dáil, calling on the government to implement promises in the 2011 Programme for Government. Since cuts in the disability sector began in ’08 many have suffered an effective 25% reduction in their budget. In parts of Wicklow it’s much worse; Sunbeam House is dealing...