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Monthly archive October, 2015
5 Reasons This Budget Is Not Just Irresponsible - It's Dangerous

5 Reasons This Budget Is Not Just Irresponsible – It’s Dangerous

Last week’s Budget puts some money in most people’s pockets. But other that maximising votes, is there any serious thinking behind it? Does it set the country on a new and better path to a stable and prosperous future? An examination of five big ideas in the Budget suggests it does quite the opposite. 1....
Why We Need Change

Why We Need Change

Do you think politics in Ireland is stale, out of touch, and doesn’t serve you, Dublin or Ireland well enough? Do you suspect the government’s just tried to buy your vote? Do you believe we’re capable of, and deserve more as a young Republic? Then lend me five minutes of your precious time – because...
Budget 2016 is Politically Clever, Economically and Socially Dumb

Budget 2016 is Politically Clever, Economically and Socially Dumb

What do you say to a government that’s just announced a budget straight out of the Fianna Fáil playbook? What do you say to a government that’s giving back nearly €1,800 a year to people earning €175,000, while increasing spending on healthcare by just €18m (that’s one tenth of one percent of the healthcare budget)....
Social Democrats Budget 2016

Social Democrats Budget 2016

100% Investment for Long-Term Success The Social Democrats today launched their pre-budget submission which focuses significantly on investment with a long term vision for Irish society at its core. The party has outlined a vision that would commit 100% of the available €1.5 billion for investment purposes – making the Social Democrats the only grouping...
McDonalds:  We’re not lovin’ it

McDonalds: We’re not lovin’ it

There’s no problem with McDonalds opening up in Greystones. There is, for me, and for many parents in the town, a problem with it opening up right beside three of our schools. Just last year the government was considering a 1.5km ‘no-fry zone’ around schools for any new fast-food outlets. The 2013 national guidelines for...
January Deadline for Banking Inquiry Makes November Election Irresponsible

January Deadline for Banking Inquiry Makes November Election Irresponsible

The Social Democrats today reacted to the recent announcement that the report of the banking inquiry has been pushed back to the end of January instead of the previously agreed November 30th completion date by calling on Government to ensure the inquiry finishes its work before calling an election. Speaking this morning, Social Democrat TD...