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Comparison of Irish and UK Income Tax 2012

There is still much misinformation about the amount of income tax paid in Ireland vs the UK Click here to see latest comparison, this is based on 2012 rates and includes all levies as well as USC change in Budget 2012.

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Minister for Misery Attacks Working Families

Minister for Misery, Labour’s Brendan Howlin, certainly lived up to his party’s pledge to protect the Croke Park agreement, all at the expense (literally) of the 1.5m people who work in the private sector.  This is Labour’s way. Rather than stopping the €1.2b in increments paid to his public service union buddies, he attacked working […]

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Welfare Fraud discussion on Newstalk

Yesterday I participated in Newstalk’s Coleman at Large programme, John O’Donovan and John McGuirk presented the programme and on the panel was myself, Georgina Robinson of Gerald Keane & Co Solicitors and Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the NUJ. We had a lively discussion on many issues, including Labour Minister Joan Burton’s decision to cut fuel […]

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The Government must stop creating new uncertaint​ies

FF’s 4 year plan (whether you agreed with it or not) did set out exactly the fiscal measures that would have to be taken to get Ireland’s deficit back in line so that we could return to the markets and remove ourselves from the grip of the EU-IMF. The secondary purpose of the plan was […]

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Government Allows Criminals to Steal Our Children’s Future

Yesterday the Irish Independent highlighted yet another example of welfare fraud, when it revealed that over 2,000 prisoners fraudulently claimed welfare last year while they were in jail (1,661), or amazingly whilst even on the run (381). Assuming each dole thief claimed the minimum payment of €188 per week, this means the tax payer was […]

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Fiddling the System – Ireland’s Dole Cheats

What was most shocking in TV3’s programme ‘Fiddling the System’ was the complete disregard the welfare cheats had for their fellow citizens. Welfare fraud is a criminal act that damages communal cohesion and concepts of fairness within society, this illegal, selfish behaviour should never be  tolerated, but especially now when resources are scarce. RTE’s Prime Time Investigates […]

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Is it time to phase out payments to long-term unemployed ?

The proposal to  to phase out payments to long-term unemployed isn’t a unique idea, in fact its standard policy in many other EU countries, and now needs to be considered carefully and fairly here. As a tax payer I strongly believe that the State should help those who can’t help themselves or those that fall […]

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FG/Lab Govt’s Attack on Pensioners is Disgusting

The announcement today that the FG/Labour coalition has decided pensioners will no be longer exempt from passport charges is disgusting and will not be forgetten by our senior citizens. Thanks to the FF led Govt in 2005 over 65s were entitled to get their passports for free, but they will now have to pay €95, which […]

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Taoiseach Kenny’s cockiness endangers country’s future

Last weekend the Govt briefed all the media that the ECB would be announcing medium term funding arrangements for our banks on the same day as the stress test results. However there was no annoucement, just silence from the ECB. (more…)

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Enda Kenny Must Resign Immediately

The stunning revelations in the Moriarty report mean Enda Kenny must put the country first and resign now along with the rest of the tainted rainbow six at cabinet Taoiseach Kenny, leader of the self proclaimed ‘law and order’ party kept pointing out collective cabinet responsibility in recent months, he must now accept this himself, […]

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