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Economy, Protests

protest outside Fingal County Council 10/09/2012

Swords campaign announce – FOR YOUR DIARY: #CAHWT Household Tax Meeting Carnegie Court, SWORDS Dublin Fingal Thursday September 20th, 8pm.

Economy, Features

Press Statement issued by Socialist Party TDs Joe Higgins and Clare Daly, People Before Profit Alliance TDs Joan Collins and Richard Boyd Barrett
Scurrilous attempt to smear Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs calculated to undermine principled opposition to Bank bailout/Austerity agenda
Mountain of public funding to establishment political parties dwarfs funds to left parties
The smear campaign orchestrated by Independent Newspapers against the Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs is cynically calculated to try and undermine effective and principled opposition to the disastrous austerity agenda implemented to bail out the speculators and bankers who gambled and lost in the property bubble which they created.
It is scurrilous and underhanded to suggest some kind of impropriety in using a Dail travel allowance to travel around the country addressing mass meetings and rallies against the Household Tax or indeed any other issue.
Statutory Instrument 84/2010 refers clearly to a travel allowance that is to be used for ‘travel expenses which the member is obliged to incur in the performance of his or her duties as a member of Dáil Eireann.’ It is our duty to campaign for ordinary working class people against the baleful hardship imposed by the destructive austerity agenda.  But there is a blatant attempt to try and smear those TDs who are to the fore in the fight against this.
Massive public funding of Establishment parties ignored in smear campaign against the Left
In creating an artificial and manufactured controversy about using part of a travel allowance to fight the austerity agenda, Independent Newspapers conveniently overlooks the massive public funding of the pro-austerity political parties.  Under two headings: Party Leaders Allowance and Exchequer funding of Parties based on their first preference vote in the General Election over a 2% threshold: In 2011 Fine Gael received €4.57 million; Fianna Fail received €3.38 million; The Labour Party received €2.67 million; The Socialist Party and PBPA received €120,903 each which was audited and accounted for.
Among the uses for which the major parties can use their public funding for is ‘co-ordination of the activities and members of the party’. In essence their officers and organisers can travel the country to build their parties on public funding.

Public Funding of Registered Political Parties in 2011

Party Leader’s Allowance

First Pref Vote Payment

Total 2011

Fine Gael

€2,579,030

€1,996,638

€4,575,668

Labour

€1,634,607

€1,036,050

€2,670,657

Fianna Fáil

€1,746,501

€1,635,708

€3,382,209

 

le=”MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>Green Party

€75,583

€151,291

€226,874

Sinn Féin

€933,875

€629,275

€1,563,150

The Socialist Party

€120,903

nil

€120,903

People Before Profit Alliance

€120,903

nil

€120,903

Economy, Worker's Rights

Press Statement

“Hands Off Aer Lingus !” – says Daly

” Ryanair stunt should be vigorously opposed!”

” Any attempt by Ryanair to purchase Aer Lingus, should be vigorously opposed by the workforce. The government should take note and decisively reject this stunt,” said Socialist Party TD Clare Daly.

Deputy Daly was responding to Ryanair’s announcement of an attempted take-over of the airline with an offer of €1.30 per share. She said, “The government has to take full responsibility for this situation. Ryanair is cynically using the government’s announcement of its intention to sell its 25% shareholding in an attempt to drive up the price of Ryanair’s shares. It is clear that nothing else has changed. This move which would give Ryanair a virtual monopoly on air transport to and from Ireland, will again be rejected by the competition authorities. The real agenda seems to be improving their share price, probably with a view to selling their existing stock.”

“The lesson should be clear. Aer Lingus has almost €1 billion in cash reserves, not to mind all its other assets and potential. This is one of the oldest companies in Ireland, providing relatively decent secure, permanent pensionable employment to thousands, an excellent service and connectivity to Europe and the United States from both east and west of Ireland. Any further sell off of government shares should be halted as an extremely short sighted move, which would deliver a small amount of cash, which would be more than offset by the threat to jobs and service in the future.”

Economy, Environment

United Left Alliance to present private members motion on building regulations in the Dáil today

Radical change needed to prevent future pyrite and fire hazard scandals

Major programme of remedial works initiated by the state but ultimately funded by developers and builders proposed

At today’s press conference address by the ULA TDs and Peter Lewis, chair of the Pyrite Action Group, Clare Daly TD said:

“The inspiration for this motion came from the work we have been engaged in alongside residents in estates built during the building boom. It has become clear that the light regulation approach in the financial sector was also the guiding philosophy of the previous government when it came to building regulations.

“The legacy of estates affected by pyrite and apartment complexes being evacuated because of inadequate fire prevention measures is an indictment on the construction sector but the political establishment over which the major builders and speculators wielded enormous influence.”

Richard Boyd Barrett TD said

“The shoddy building regulations that are obvious from scandals such as priory hall are just another example, if we needed one after the Mahon report, that Irish governments throughout the Celtic Tiger and before prioritised the interests of land speculators, developers and the construction industry above the interests of families and individuals. We need to see immediate action on the recommendations of the Mahon report and an end to lip-service from this government”

Joan Collins TD said

“The lack of regulation, that allows people to live in potential fire traps, pyrite riddled or mould and damp infested homes is simply unacceptable. There is a real need for government led investment in areas like Dolphin House, Priory Hall etc that will allow people to lead decent lives in decent homes. This state has been captured over the years by various vested interests such as the construction lobby, it is time that the Government stood up for the people instead of vested interests.

“This bill calls for proper regulation of building controls and I fully support it. We never want to see another Priory Hall or Dolphin House type scenario again. We also want to deal with those kind of situations now. The fact that this government still supports inadequate checks on the building sector is indicative of the lack of change we have had in this country.”

Joe Higgins TD said:

“The nightmare of being tied to 30 and 40 year mortgages is compounded for thousands of homeowners by the fact that their home is literally coming apart at the seams or in the case of Belmayne and Priory Hall is considered a fire trap.

“The motion calls on the government to take matter in hand by initiating a major programme of remedial works in all estates affected by the issues addressed in this motion. Initial funding must come from the exchequer to expedite matters but it is absolutely right that the builders and speculators should be chased so that the tax payer can recoup the cost from those who carry the greatest responsibility for this scandal.”