Articles posted in 'Budget debates'

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St Vincent de Paul and fuel poverty; poverty impact of budget

Fuel poverty and the payment by the Society of St Vincent de Paul of €10m for people for their energy bills were raised at question time by Michael Moynihan (FF, Cork NW)  (Dail Eireann, 24th October 2013, 698-700).  The Minister…

Budget 2014

The Dail and Seanad approved the 2014 budget and the subsequent Social welfare and pensions Bill, 2013, which put its decisions into effect (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th October, 1-118; 16th October 340-457 (budget); 24th October 2013, 638-679, 720-768 (Bill, second…

Equality proofing 2014 budget

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, informed Patrick Nulty (ind, Dublin W) of the arrangements to equality-proof the 2014 budget (Dail Eireann, Debates, 24th September 2013, 410).  A distributional analysis was being performed, based on the various income levels and…

The budget

The Dail and Seanad both approved the 2013 budget and the associated financial resolutions and Social welfare Bill (Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th December 2012, 449-end; 6th December,  692-756; 11th December, 114 – 166; 12th December, 76-113, 140-end; 13th December, 705-738;…

11,000 food parcels: deputies, senators highlight poverty impact

The 2012 budget was presented to and approved by the Dail on 6th December (Dail Eireann, Debates, 6th December 2011, 854-957; 7th December, 19-110; 8th December, 250-323; 9th December 2011, 393-460).  Maureen O’Sullivan (ind, Dublin C) told the Dail that…

Fuel cut ‘crude and cruel’

Barry Cowen (FF, Laois – Offaly) described the cut in the fuel allowance as ‘crude and cruel’.  Although the government had promised to publish a strategy on fuel poverty, all we had was a reduction in the weeks of the…

Community Employment projects a lifeline

Community Employment (CE) schemes, she continued, faced a 66% cut in operating budgets.  Those participating in CE were early school leavers, persons caught up in addiction or the homeless, who had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, a…

Equal societies did better

Thomas Pringle (ind, Donegal SW) drew attention to the way in which the minister had tried to ‘shorten winter’ by cutting six weeks for the fuel allowance.  Each year, almost 2,000 older people died from winter-related illness and 70% came…

VAT increase regressive

The budget was also discussed in the Seanad (Seanad Eireann, Debates,  6th December 2011, 44-73; 13th December, 328 – 365; 15th December 2011, 441-498).  Katharine Zappone (ind, Taoiseach nominee), questioned the balance between tax increases and spending cuts and whether…

A critical reform – Joan Burton

Responding to the debate, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, spoke of how Frank Cluskey had introduced the unmarried mothers allowance in the 1970s, which enabled the closure of the institutions on which they had, in the absence of…

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