THE FG / Labour coalition seems determined once again to scare the living daylights out of people ahead of next December’s budget and the last thing the country needs right now is five months of speculation, kite flying and fear about what will be contained in Budget 2013, according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath.
FINE Gael Cork North Central Deputy, Dara Murphy, today (Friday) said the Minister for Education’s intention to conduct a review of teacher allocations for DEIS band one and band two schools is to be welcomed, saying the attention the Minister gave to the concerns of Fine Gael backbenchers in the past week is much appreciated.
“The decision to withdraw legacy posts from schemes that were in place before the introduction of the DEIS system in 2005 unsurprisingly drew concern from all sides.
“I appreciate that in these straitened times resources are limited and that the Minister was faced with very difficult decisions when it came to the education budget. [Read more...]
FIANNA Fáil has welcomed a series of reports today confirming the success of the previous Government’s DEIS programme in tackling educational disadvantage, and further exposing the irrationality of the cuts announced by Fine Gael and the Labour Party in December’s Budget.
The party has also questioned the substance of Minister Quinn’s “review” of the DEIS cuts.
Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin said, “People should not be fooled into thinking that Minister Quinn has announced a full reversal of the cuts to resources for DEIS schools. He has not.
CORK Chamber has expressed disappointment at the decision by Cork City Council and Cork County Council not to reduce commercial rates for 2012, a system which is grossly unfair on the productive job-creating aspects of the business community.
Cork Chamber Chief Executive Conor Healy said, “Cork Chamber recognises the hard decisions taken by both Councils in preparing balanced budgets, particularly in light of incessant reductions to the local government fund.
Speech by Michael Moynihan TD, Spokesperson on Agriculture Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion Dáil Éireann, 13 December 2011
The honeymoon for this government has come to an abrupt end. With this Budget, which contains your choices the reality of this government’s incompetence and arrogance has been laid bare.
In the course of this Budget debate, Minister Noonan, Howlin, Rabbitte and others have patted themselves on the back and spoken repeatedly of how the budget announced last year has succeeded in showing the world that Ireland is on the right track in consolidating its budget.
FIANNA Fáil will has called on the Government to abandon a series of covert cuts in Budget 2012 that unfairly target rural communities.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Moynihan will tonight put forward a Dáil motion condemning the anti-rural bias in the Budget and calling on Fine Gael and Labour Deputies to reject policies that discriminate against small communities in rural Ireland and the most vulnerable groups in society.
Vulnerable communities throughout the country will be deprived of invaluable community services and facilities should the Government decide to proceed with the savage attack on Community Employment funding.
These cuts amount to nothing other than a vicious assault, not just on the community sector, but on those who are currently in FAS Community Employment (CE) placements according to Secretary and PRO of Togher Community Association Ltd, (TCA) Fergal Dennehy.
FIANNA Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has called on the Minister for People with Disabilities Kathleen Lynch TD to immediately clarify the level of cuts which have been made to the budgets of service providers of people with disabilities.
“The HSE has told providers of services to people with disabilities they will be receiving a 4.7per cent cut in funding.
“This is in stark contrast to what Disabilities Minister Kathleen Lynch claimed on Monday when she said that the cut would be 2per cent.