Tag Archives: Sinn Féin

Just 61% of people have paid the household charge to date

Campaigners against household charge set to offer free legal advice

Those fighting the controversial household charge are set to offer free legal advice to homeowners threatened with prosecution over their refusal to pay the €100 charge. Shortly after the Local Government Management Agency threatened legal action if second warning letters are ignored, politicians opposed to the tax accused officials of bullying. Mick Barry, a Socialist [...]

Read More >
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ó Caoláin feels mortgage debt crisis has contributed to increase in suicides

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said in the Dáil yesterday that the mortgage debt crisis is having a damaging effect on people’s mental health and is contributing to the rise in suicide rates. Deputy Ó Caoláin said: “As a Dáil deputy working in my constituency and as my party’s health spokesperson I am [...]

Read More >
Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Sinn Féin to table motion on Rent Allowance cuts

Sinn Féin senators will this evening table a motion on the cuts to the Rent Allowance which are seeing many tenants in the private rental sector struggling to cope and in some cases forced out of their houses. The most recent budget saw a cut of €21 million to the Rent Allowance budget. This led [...]

Read More >
A Sinn Féin Private Members' Bill seeking to abolish the household charge was defeated in the Dáil last night

Bill seeking to repeal the household charge is defeated

A Sinn Féin Private Members’ Bill seeking to abolish the household charge was last night defeated in the Dáil by 79 votes to 46. On the second day of the debate, the Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan accused Sinn Féin of engaging in irresponsible politics and in a cheap [...]

Read More >
Enda Kenny

No decision made on how property tax will be collected, insists Taoiseach

The Government has yet to make a decision on the format for collecting the incoming property tax, Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated in the Dáil today. He refused to be drawn on speculation that the tax could be deducted directly from PAYE workers’ wages. Mr Kenny said the Government had set up a working group, under [...]

Read More >
household charge

Sinn Féin calls for backing of bill to abolish household charge

Sinn Féin is encouraging all TDs to support its bill to abolish the controversial household charge. A debate on the Private Members’ Bill will begin tonight before being followed up with a vote tomorrow. Speaking on the matter, the party’s environment spokesman Brian Stanley said that if the bill was passed the charge would be [...]

Read More >
Minister of State for Small Business John Perry

Personal Insolvency Bill to be published next month

The Personal Insolvency Bill will be published by June, Minister of State for Small Business John Perry told the Dáil yesterday. Mr Perry was speaking during a debate on a Fianna Fáil motion seeking to regulate the debt advice industry. Introducing the Private Members’ Bill, Deputy Sean Fleming said the proposed legislation would require operators to [...]

Read More >
Pearse Doherty TD

Honohan comments €64 billion too late for Ireland, insist Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin TD and finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honahan’s comments on a centralised European approach to recapitalising weak banks, saying the idea was close to Sinn Féin policy. However, Doherty added that Governor Honahan’s comments came €64 billion too late for Ireland. The Donegal TD said: “With [...]

Read More >
Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty

Doherty welcomes PTSB rate cut

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Permanent TSB that they are to cut their variable mortgage rate by 0.5% from May 14th onwards. The Donegal-based TD described the move as a “welcome step in the right direction” but called on the bank and government to do more “to bring PTSB [...]

Read More >
Brian Stanley TD

Water charges will be a “political disaster”, says Sinn Féin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has said that the government’s plans to install water meters will become “another political disaster”. Responding to reports that one third of households are unable to be installed with water meters, Deputy Stanley said: “This has sunk the argument that water metering [...]

Read More >