Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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A Budget and a Finance Bill that Fail the People

A Budget and a Finance Bill that Fail the People

On November 6,2014, I spoke in Dail Eireann about the Finance Bill 2014 and the budgetary process as a whole. Here’s what I said: In a moment I will talk about the specifics of the budget and things I would like added but first I would like the opportunity to review budget 2015 to see...
Trichet's Threats

Trichet’s Threats

I discussed Jean Claude Trichet’s secret and threatening letter to Brian Lenihan sent on November 19th, 2010, on Morning Ireland with Audrey Carville. The letters were released by the Irish Times, after some sterling work from thestory.ie. There’s a bit more detail about the background to these letters came to light here.
Helping people in Mortgage Arrears

Helping people in Mortgage Arrears

This Government has been in office for over three years and we’re still talking about the need to help people in Mortgage arrears. Thankfully, the rate of arrears is no longer growing as steeply as previously, but there are still over 160,000 mortgages in arrears. This amounts to about 500,000 people living in homes that...
What do we know about the Financial Transaction Tax? Nothing!

What do we know about the Financial Transaction Tax? Nothing!

Minister Noonan stopped by the Finance Committee at the start of November to give us a briefing before the latest EcoFin meeting on November 5th and 6th. Items up for discussion include: Parent Subsidiaries Directive: a proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2011/96/EU on the common system of taxation applicable in the case of...
Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Last Tuesday’s Budget was politically cute but economically foolish, and felt very like Fianna Fail budgets of old. It might be the last one before the next General Election, so Fine Gael and Labour could be forgiven for a little self-interest. But not for being quite so politically motivated, and quite so irresponsible. Just six...
Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

The signs aren’t promising. Due to a well sanctioned series of statements by Government TDs, everyone’s expecting a reduction in their taxes. The conversation isn’t about whether it’ll happen, it’s about the form the tax break will take. The obvious rhetoric is being employed liberally by junior ministers giddy with the prospect of good news....