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It was Fianna Fail who made real progress on pensioner poverty

It was Fianna Fail who made real progress on ...

posted on: 04/09/2017

Around this time last year Minister Paschal Donohoe became very upset at me when I called for a €5 increase in the old-age pension. He was furious. He claimed that I wanted to “…create the kind of politics that has created the cost and...

Varadkar will win but his patchy record makes it hard to predict if he will be any good

Varadkar will win but his patchy record makes...

posted on: 30/05/2017

For the past 12 months people have been asking my prediction as to who will win the Fine Gael leadership contest: Simon or Leo. I’ve been telling them all the same thing: Leo is a certainty. Firstly, Leo Varadkar has been actively...

Brexit misadventure can end only on a discordant note

Brexit misadventure can end only on a discord...

posted on: 10/04/2017

The British government’s handling of Brexit is like a comic opera but without the cheerful denouement There are moments when the British government’s handling of its Brexit misadventure seems to come straight out of the libretto of a...

Community supports are vital, so Government’s move to regionalise them would be a change for the worse

Community supports are vital, so Government&#...

posted on: 29/03/2017

The Citizens Information Board, at the behest of the Government, is proposing to abolish all local Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) centres and Citizens Information Service centres throughout the country and replace them with eight...

Topical Issue Debate: Creagh Lane N.S. Survivors & Residential Institutions Redress Scheme 31-01-17

Topical Issue Debate: Creagh Lane N.S. Surviv...

posted on: 09/03/2017

Deputy Willie O’Dea:  I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this issue. I thank Deputy Paul Murphy for raising it also. We are here this evening to seek justice for the victims of sexual abuse in Creagh Lane primary school,...

The EU Commission has not taken legal action against others who do not levy water charges, writes Willie O’Dea

The EU Commission has not taken legal action ...

posted on: 28/02/2017

Now that Fine Gael’s night of the rubber knives has passed off without incident, the great pretenders must spend another month or two courting support on the rubber chicken circuit while they wait for Enda Kenny to hand over the written...

If we don’t address the looming pension crisis, taxpayers will foot bill for funding retirements

If we don’t address the looming pension...

posted on: 14/02/2017

In the last 10 years, three out of every four defined benefit pension schemes in this country have been closed down. The defined benefit pension scheme, in which members pay in an agreed amount each year and are guaranteed a defined pension on...

Older people to be empowered to stay in their home under my legislation passed by Dáil

Older people to be empowered to stay in their...

posted on: 02/02/2017

State policy is that elderly and infirm people should be catered for, in so far as possible, in the comfort and security of their own homes. At present, if this is not an option, and additional support is needed, two options are available: the...

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