Tánaiste and Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore has nominated Ciaran Lynch as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. Deputy Lynch will replace Alex White who was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health last week.
FIANNA Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has hit out at what he has described as ‘the Labour Party’s sickening hypocrisy’ on NAMA. Deputy Kelleher’s comments came after he was ejected from Dáil Éireann for trying to tackle Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore on the subject.
“300 people were waiting on trolleys in A&E departments two and a half years ago and the then Labour Spokesperson on Health Jan O’Sullivan said the health system was ‘being run into the ground, where morale is at an all time low, and where local communities are being systematically deprived of the healthcare to which they are entitled.’
“How does Labour’s position then stack up now with 352 people waiting on trolleys today, more than a 100 of them for over 12 hours,” Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said.
THE Labour working hard to keep people in their homes according to Labour Party TD, Ciarán Lynch.
“Determined to keep distressed mortgage holders in their homes, Labour’s Minister Jan O’Sullivan has concluded the first transaction under a new mortgage-to-rent scheme.
“The family, living in West Dublin will now rent their home from the housing body Cluid, rather than face the trauma of repossession along with having to deal with both the upheaval and financial costs arising from securing alternative accommodation.
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.
THE Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has described as ‘deeply cynical’ the Government’s refusal to state openly and honestly what their intentions are in relation student charges and third level fees.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Deputy Martin reflected on the anger of the thousands of students who marched in Dublin today in protest at Fine Gael and Labour’s betrayal of pre-election promises.
THE statement from Fianna Fáil calling for an explanation of the €3.6 billion Finance Department accounting error is “hilarious” according to Labour TD Ciarán Lynch.
“I think I have seen it all. Speaking in the Dáil today, Fianna Fail TD Michael McGrath was demanding an explanation of how the recently discovered €3.6 billion accounting error in the Department of Finance came about.
“This, coming from man whose party who cost the Irish people €70 billion, as a result of the catastrophic bank bailout of September 29 2008.
CORK Worker’s Party councillor Ted Tynan, has said that the government’s decision to sell off a minority stake in the ESB was a “sell-out of workers and taxpayers by the Labour Party and a craven surrender to the diktats of the EU / IMF deal”.
Cllr Tynan said, “Far from being a solution to the country’s economic ills, the sale of a key stake in the state electricity company was another example of implementation of far-right policies that would further destabilise the country and put thousands of people out of work. [Read more...]