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Features, National, Transport Tourism and Sport

The Drivers in Dublin Bus who have served strike notice, beginning from midnight Sunday 4th August, are 100% right to stand up to the company’s planned cuts to their earnings and working conditions.  Apart from the obvious cuts in sick days and overtime payments the deal on offer in effect gives the company a blank cheque on future schedules and issues like traveling time that could have serious effects on every driver’s working conditions. This deal is a clear indication of the race to the bottom policy being pursued by management at Dublin Bus it will allow the company to recruit new drivers on much reduced pay and on a part time basis.
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Health, National

Legislation without restrictions should be introduced immediately to make abortion available in practise. The proposal that six doctors would be required to approve abortion is ridiculous and unacceptable; this fly’s in the face of the X Case ruling of the Supreme Court and the ABC ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
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Economy, National

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.
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Economy, National

By Jacob Richards

Given the recent history of our current government in relation to imposing draconian measures on its ordinary citizens, nothing should really take us by surprise anymore. It is quite clear that this government is intent on taxing its struggling citizens beyond breaking point. Exemptions to this crippling austerity will be kept to the bare minimum. That is certainly the impression we are left with after today’s announcement that only 5,100 houses will be exempt from the Local Property Tax (LPT).

Perhaps more startling is the fact that this figure is down from 43,000 exemptions under the Household Charge last year. Such exemptions clearly enticed many struggling homeowners to register their details with the revenue commissioners. In doing so, many of these homeowners will now face crippling property taxes this year. It seems this government is determined to resist reprieve for homeowners affected by the issue of pyrite or unfinished estates
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