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Exceptional Needs Payments system needs urgent review

Labour Senator Mark Wall has today (Monday, 11th April) demanded an urgent review into how Exceptional Needs Payments (ENPs) are currently being processed and advertised. The call comes following official department figures showing payments for ENPs are down by almost 50% since 2019. Senator Wall said: “It’s clear that the government is failing to get…

12 April 2022

Minister for Further and Higher Education must ensure Bank of Ireland continue with Graduate Entry Medicine loan

Labour spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Senator Annie Hoey has demanded that the Minister engage with Bank of Ireland following the revelation of the winding up of the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) loan. Senator Hoey said: “The winding up of the GEM loan by Bank of Ireland is deeply concerning. As the last bank…

08 April 2022

Financial Regulator must ensure smooth transition for Ulster Bank/KBC customers says Nash

Labour finance spokesperson Ged Nash has today (Friday, 1st April) issued a stark warning that hundreds of thousands of Ulster Bank and KBC customers could be potentially exposed to weeks of personal and business banking chaos when the two banks leave the market this year. The warning comes following an admission by the Governor of…

01 April 2022

Labour demands Donohoe support for decade of green investment at Eurogroup meeting

Labour Party Finance and Public Expenditure Spokesperson, Ged Nash, has today (Monday, 17th, January) called on the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe, to articulate clear and committed support for a decade of green investment at a meeting of the Euro area finance ministers later today. Speaking in advance of the Eurogroup meeting that is set…

17 January 2022

Donohoe tax chatter reveals FG spooked by poll ratings and SF tax populism

Labour Party Finance Spokesperson, Ged Nash TD, has described comments made by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in this morning’s papers about a multi-annual tax cutting package as wrong for our economy and society. Deputy Nash said: “The Minister’s pledge to embark on a tax-cutting crusade is the wrong thing do. It is a transparently…

11 December 2021

Government barely tinkering around the edges – Cost of living supports need to match reality

• Package of measures needed not piecemeal approach • Labour proposed targeted carbon tax credit • Three year rent freeze desperately needed Labour finance spokesperson Ged Nash has called on government to do more to tackle the soaring increase in the cost of living. Responding to the once-off €100 electricity credit proposed by government, Deputy…

10 December 2021

Eleventh-hour decision on EWSS indictment of Government’s failure to develop permanent short-time work scheme

• Labour repeats call for new German-style short-time work scheme • Failure to extend CRSS shows government at sixes and sevens Labour’s Finance spokesperson Ged Nash has welcomed the government’s eleventh-hour decision to restore the previous rates of the EWSS to businesses adversely affected by new public health restrictions. However, he said that the last-minute…

09 December 2021

Time for a radical rethink of public services in light of cost of living

Labour leader Alan Kelly has called for a rethink of the current approach to public services in light of the increased cost of living in Ireland. With CSO figures confirming prices rising by 5.3% in the year to November, Deputy Kelly said inflation has totally outstripped increases in wages and ordinary hard working people are…

09 December 2021

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