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Ireland unveils another austerity budget

December 18, 2012

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Another austerity budget for Ireland. Dublin announces billions of euros in fresh spending cuts today as the pain of austerity continues.     Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the eurozone financial crisis. Today we’re focusing on Ireland, where another tough budget will be unveiled this afternoon. The Dublin government is expected […]

Hundreds of irish march in protest against cuts

November 5, 2012

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(PUBLISHED IN INDEPENDENT.IE) With another dreaded Budget looming, people are already taking to the streets in protest. In Cork, more than 1,500 attended a rally aimed at highlighting the plight of 8,000 home help carers who have seen their pay and working hours slashed since 2009. In Dublin, around 100 parents and children marched to […]

Home carers planning protest in Ireland

October 15, 2012

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(PUBLISHED IN IRELAND.COM) Home help and home care workers are planning a universal day of action next month aimed at highlighting concerns about Government cuts to services.   The Home Help/Home Care Community Action Group said proposals to reduce services by 450,000 home-help hours would substantially degrade the quality of life of elderly and disabled […]

Cuts to child benefit expected despite strong opposition in Ireland

October 2, 2012

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(PUBLISHED IN THE IRISH TIMES) The Government is set to press ahead with cuts in child benefit rates despite strong protests from Opposition politicians and social justice groups. A proposal for a two-tiered system of child benefit, with a flat rate and top-ups for low-income families, will be considered by the Cabinet shortly. There has […]

Austerity’s Wake: Why Ireland’s Spending Cuts Should Scare Us, Too

September 4, 2012

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(PUBLISHED IN THE ATLANTIC) If you want to know what real austerity does to a country, check out the Emerald Isle. The below chart from the Irish Central Statistics Office shows the percent-change of Irish household disposable income from 2009 to 2010, broken down by income decile. (Note: The tenth decile refers to the most […]

Irish Coalition divided by welfare cuts or PRSI hike

August 20, 2012

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(PUBLISHED IN THE IRISH TIMES) The Coalition row over PRSI contributions reignited yesterday as a Fine Gael Minister suggested cutting social welfare rates would be better than raising taxes in the budget. Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes became the latest senior politician to voice objections to Labour Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton’s plan to […]