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Monthly archive October, 2013
What makes the Social Welfare Bill 2013 so lousy?

What makes the Social Welfare Bill 2013 so lousy?

I called the Social Welfare & Pensions Bill 2013 a Lousy bill in the Dáil on October 24, 2013. Why? Because the bill will cut social welfare benefits to the young, remove mortgage interest relief for the unemployed and cut pension payments and telephone allowances for the elderly, maternity benefit for mother-to-be and also do...
Does the Government have a plan B?

Does the Government have a plan B?

On October 24, 2013, I asked an Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore how the Government plans to break the link between sovereign debt and banking debt, just before the Social Welfare Bill 2013 was railroaded through the Dáil. The Social Welfare Bill will save the state around 4% of 2014’s interest payments relating to the bank debts....
Going over Budget 2014 on Vincent Brown

Going over Budget 2014 on Vincent Brown

On October 16 I was on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Brown alongside Minister Richard Bruton and Sarah McInerney. We were discussing Budget 2014, specifically the negative effects on the household income of young people, old people, women, mothers and families. Plus there’s a full year’s Local Property Tax to be paid.
Do TDs really want Dáil Reform?

Do TDs really want Dáil Reform?

On October 17, 2013 I took part in the debate on Dáil reform. There weren’t a huge amount of TDs present during the debate to Standing Orders, which I think sends out a signal regarding how seriously reform is taken in Dáil Eireann.

Equality Budgeting

Following on from Budget 2014 I wanted to compare how Ireland does regarding equality with our European neighbours. The map below is of European Gini Coefficients from 2011. The Gini Coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents, or how fairly income is shared across the...
Can the Taoiseach justify the affects Budget 2014 will have on young people?

Can the Taoiseach justify the affects Budget 2014 will have on young people?

Brendan Howlin in his budget speech speech on October 15 said “I am pleased to announce no reduction in the basic social welfare rates of people of working age and pensioners”. He then went on to introduce a cut of €44 to social welfare payments for 18-25 year-olds. I wanted to hear from the Taoiseach...