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Collins, Joan

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

Last year, when I made my first contribution in the Dáil, my first comment was that I welcomed the "coalition of cuts" to the Dáil. Unfortunately, I have been proved right. The democratic revolut...More Button

A couple with two children and earning €25,000 a year are the working poor. They are putting in long hours and feeling the pressure of austerity budgets. The budget is a savage assault on their...More Button

To cut the income of a family who are trying to survive on €25,000 a year by almost €1,000 is an outrage. The cut of €26 million in funding for the annual respite care grant is an outrage. Incr...More Button

Our Lady of the Wayside national school in my own area has been in the media recently. It has been affected by cuts and cannot provide proper heating or maintenance for classrooms. The school a...More Button

I have three words for members of the party of Connolly and Larkin who will vote for this outrage. They are shame, shame and shame. There are no Labour Party Deputies in the Chamber but I hope ...More Button

Inflicting this pain on the poor, in this case the working poor, is not only immoral and unjust, it is completely unnecessary. Reversing the cuts and tax increases that have hit those on low and...More Button

The budget is an insult to those who are on the dole or who have emigrated in their thousands. It offers nothing for these people. When the United Left Alliance raise the need to tax wealth, hi...More Button

Some speakers seem to have the impression that austerity is something that is not really happening. The IMF has said austerity measures are not working and that every euro taken out of the econo...More Button