There has been a clear contradiction in the last week between international sources and the Irish government in relation to Ireland’s tax status. On the one hand we have the Taoiseach purporting that Ireland does not “do special tax-rate deals with companies”. Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, has been adamant that Ireland’s corporate tax structure remains transparent. He has also toed the Taoiseach’s line that Ireland does not negotiate favourable or particular rates with any corporation. Read more
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Press Release 28th May.
ICTU Silence on anti-union legislation is deafening
Labour TDs and Senators must reject anti-union law
Protest at Dail Eireann on Wed at 5pm
In a statement today the NO2CrokePark2 Campaign called on ICTU to break its silence on the The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill. The Bill, which is being rushed through the Dail and Seanad this week, is a fundamental attack on trade union rights and is being used to bully trade union members into accepting the Haddington Road Agreement. Read more
Unions Must Oppose Draconian Legislation and Defend Trade Union Rights
ICTU Must Condemn The Finance Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill
Protest at Dail Eireann on Wed at 5pm.
In a statement today the NO2CrokePark2 Campaign called on all trade unionists to oppose The Finance Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill. The Bill, which is being rushed through the Dail and Seanad this week, is a fundamental attack on trade union rights and is being used to bully trade union members into accepting the Haddington Road Agreement.
The Campaign is calling on all those concerned about trade union and democratic rights to protest at the Dail next Wednesday at 5pm. Read more
The publication of Personal Insolvency Guidelines yesterday has been met with criticism and dismay in many quarters. While FLAC tentatively welcomed this as a step forward in a process, for those who desperately need to resolve debt issues, others, including the St Vincent de Paul, have been openly critical of the guidelines, calling them draconian. Read more
A European Citizen’s Initiative has raised over one million signatures petitioning the EU to make commitments in the area of access to water and sanitation. The petition also calls on the EU to protect water services across Europe from ‘internal market rules’ and privatisation. Essentially the campaign seeks to keep water services in the public’s hands. Read more
The bailout deal for Cyprus has been greeted by Ireland’s Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan as a “positive development for Cyprus, the euro zone and Ireland”. Mr. Noonan is showing his true colours, as the only people for whom this is good news are the senior bondholders who have transferred their debt directly on to the shoulders of Cypriot families.
ULA TDs invited a delegation of IBRC workers, along with their union Rep Gareth Murphy from the Irish Bank Official Association, to Leinster House last week. The group gave a succinct and earnest presentation to members of the Oireachtas about how liquidation of the bank will effect their entitlements.
These bank workers told their personal stories of hearing of their fate via the media on the night of Feb 7th. These ordinary people with families and homes and debts to pay became collateral damage when the bank was liquidated overnight. Their employment contracts were terminated with immediate effect and previous commitments with regard to their redundancy terms were slashed. The temporary contracts they were given are just that temporary and time is running out. Read more
Now you see it, now you don’t.
Nobody should be fooled by the government spin on the deal negotiated with the ECB on the debts run up by Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide. Not a cent of the almost €35 billion poured into these two insolvent banks has been written down. Read more
Clare Daly TD said: More and more people in this country are struggling and wondering how they are going to pay their bills and put food on the table. Imposing a property tax on people who can already barely make ends meet will have a disastrous effect. Cutting child benefit will put enormous pressure on families. If people can’t spend how is the economy going to recover. What we need is an end to this austerity and get people back to work”