Archive | May, 2010

Opposition Comments on Social Welfare Bill Two Faced

The changes proposed in the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010 are long overdue.  As Minister O’Cuiv highlighted last month in Galway, one of the big things that genuinely unemployed people complain about is forced inactivity. The Minister promised he would tackle this problem quickly, having for many years argued that enforced idleness was not […]

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Proposed Changes to Lone Parent Allowance

Regretablly there has been much misinformation regarding the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010, needlessly causing concern to people. The factual position is as follows: For new customers applying for the One-Parent Family payment from April 2011, it is proposed that the payment will be made to them until the youngest child reaches age 13 […]

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Bias in "The Big Opinion"

Letter to Wicklow People regarding their new “The Big Opinion” section: I welcome your new “The Big Opinion” section, however was disappointed to see that your usual high standards of objective reporting were absent, in that the vast majority of it was anti Government, populist nonsense! (more…)

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Protest at the Dáil

Irish Times published my letter today: Madam, – Watching the so-called “storming” of the Dáil (Home News, May 13th) and then listening to the pathetic apologists on radio the next day was utterly sickening. Pseudo-socialists like Richard Boyd Barrett are merely damaging the international reputation of this country and its ability to borrow the €400 […]

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