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Monthly archive December, 2012
Even More Public Interest Directors

Even More Public Interest Directors

Earlier in the week, I had a run-in with one of Permanent TSB’s Public Interest Directors, Ray MacSharry at the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. And there were more Public Interest Directors in front of the Committee later in the week. We got a chance to talk to Bank of Ireland’s Joe...
Caring for the Carers

Caring for the Carers

On Wednesday night the Technical group made a concerted effort in the Dáil to push back on some of the government cuts targeted at the disabled and their carers. We proposed that the government recognises the contribution carers make to Irish society, and provide them with adequate income supports. There are 180,000 carers in Ireland....
Public Interest Directors: Have they any interest in the Public?

Public Interest Directors: Have they any interest in the Public?

The Joint Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform got to talk to the Public Interest Directors of Permanent TSB on December 19, 2012. Ray MacSharry and Margaret Hayes seemed not to grasp the exact nature of their appointments as Public Interest Directors. In my opinion, it seemed like Mister MacSharry, in particular, has “gone native”....
How local is the Local Property Tax?

How local is the Local Property Tax?

In the debate on the Local Property Tax, Minister Noonan deconstructed the name of the tax. While I accept that it is a tax on property, I’m not so sure about the local bit. I used my own situation to illustrate this. I won’t have to pay the local property tax, even though I use...
Debt deals in Dublin Castle: Ireland's EU Presidency

Debt deals in Dublin Castle: Ireland’s EU Presidency

I spoke in the Dail today about Ireland’s Presidency of the EU. I wanted to warn the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste that the ECB may not be all its added up to be, the need for us to show EU partners the difficulties austerity is causing on the ground in Ireland and the dangers of...
Fighting cuts to carers

Fighting cuts to carers

This week myself and other TDs from the technical group will be highlighting the plight of carers on the back of Budget 2013, and demanding the Fine Gael and Labour reverse the reductions in the Respite Care Grant. The full Budget for disability services for 2013 has not been published. Minister Kathleen Lynch has confirmed...