Economy, Protests

read the family home tax – frequently asked questions
Homeowners are bracing themselves as Revenue gears up to deliver tax assessment forms to more than 1.6 million homes in the coming days.  They will be demanding that you agree a valuation on your home for the new property tax, and to let them know how you intend to pay it.

What an absolute kick in the teeth for citizens the length and breadth of the country!  It is nothing more than legalised extortion.  Anyone who bought a house in the past twenty years has already paid massive taxation for the privilege.  Of the average €300,000 price tag for a modest dwelling, over €165,000 went back to the Government in stamp duty, development levies, PAYE, VAT on materials and subcontracted labour.
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International, Women's Rights

The unveiling of a plaque to the Irish Women Workers Union in Liberty Hall today will mark the historic importance of women in the Irish Labour movement.

On launching the first and most durable women’s trade union in the country, Delia Larkin was critical of the poor pay and conditions women had to endure, insisting they were ‘weary of being white slaves who pass their lives away toiling to fill the pockets of unscrupulous employers’.

There was a wave of strikes in Ireland north and south in the run up to the foundation of the union and many of them involved large numbers of women workers. Mary Galway, Secretary of the Textiles Operatives Society in Belfast played a leading role in mobilising women workers in Belfast and in 1911 lead a very significant strike of over 3,000 mill workers in the city.
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Children and Youth Affairs

05/03/2013
Submission by
Clare Daly TD
to
The Joint Committee on Transport and Communications in relation to the abuse of social media and cyber-bullying

Main Points

1. implementation of a national education programme dealing with online etiquette

2. protect children through educating the correct use of internet technologies

3. bring industry in from the cold and task them with being part of educational change

4. curtailing the use of the internet simply won’t work

5. traditional media have a role and responsibility in their reporting

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Communications Energy and Natural Resources

The TV licence fee funds public service broadcasts and insures that private media moguls do not get to own all the viewpoints in broadcast media.

What we must avoid is allowing a home broadcasting tax become a tax that is not linked to usage or ownership, if let, this TV tax will become a tax on people for merely existing.

Supporting public service broadcasting is part of protecting media diversity. As the Minister for Communications deliberates on changing from TV licence fee to home broadcasting tax, here are some pointers to be mindful of.

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