FF can’t be trusted on pensions – just like all its other policies

Don’t be fooled by FF slamming SF’s pensions policy which it first proposed – Harris FF can’t be trusted on pensions – just like all its other policies   Minister of State for Finance, Simon Harris, has today warned voters that Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted on pensions policy. He pointed out that Fianna Fáil […]

Creating Innovative, Competitive SME’s

We must help small businesses to be more competitive, more innovative and more export focussed through a range of measures including: An extra €300 million for Enterprise Ireland, as part of the €4 billion Jobs Investment Fund, to provide additional support to small businesses Boost by €1bn per year in new sources of finance to […]

Business: Growing Irish Exports by 6-8%

From 2000 onwards the Irish economy steadily lost its competitiveness on international markets and our economy became increasingly dependent on the domestic economy to create jobs – in particular the construction sector and public sector jobs. Between 2000 and 2007 65% of jobs growth occurred in the construction and public sectors. Just 1% of new jobs […]

Jobs: Blueprint to Grow Jobs

If we don’t grow jobs, tax reductions and public service investment won’t happen. No more boom and bust, no more reckless waste of taxpayers’ money, no more sense of a crisis.  Fine Gael’s Long Term Economic Plan has three steps. 1. More and Better Jobs – 200,000 extra jobs by 2020 supported by a €4 billion […]

Business: FF’s blatant disregard for the tourism sector continues

Tourism a major driver of recovery but ignored in FF manifesto – Donohoe Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Fine Gael General Election candidate for Dublin Central, Paschal Donohoe, has today (Friday) said that the glaring omission of a tourism section from the Fianna Fáil manifesto clearly demonstrates the Party’s blatant disregard for the […]

Childcare: Our Early Years – The Vital Years

I was delighted to be asked to speak about the importance of investing in early childhood years today with Ministers James Reilly and Damien English and Cllr Josepha Madigan. This is an issue of huge importance to me personally as a working Mum , to Bernard as a working Dad and to working parents across […]

Working Families: #Fionaforfamilies

We need to help the high number of jobless households in Ireland which were abandoned by previous Fianna Fáil Governments. Jobless households experience high levels of deprivation and the children in these households are at much greater risk of going on to lead a life of persistent unemployment and low income – a job is […]

Society: Ensure older years are better years

According to the census, 532,000 people aged 65 and over were living in Ireland in 2011. This will rise to 1.4 million in 2046. The number of people over 80 is set to nearly quadruple, from 128,000 in 2011 to 470,000 in 2046. The issues which are being raised by the ‘Earn Our Vote’ campaign […]

Education – Creating the Future

Early Childhood Ireland has already made a series of recommendations for the new Government to address this issue of sustainability and expansion of current capacity to deliver the promised second free preschool year. Many of these recommendations featured heavily on the floor of the childcare seminar held by Cllr. McLoughlin Healy in June 2015. Fianna […]

Business: Ending the Discrimination Against the Self-Employed

The latest Long Term Economic Plan wishes to abolish the USC by 2020 as part of Fine Gael’s ambition to keep the recovery going. This time five years ago, people were feeling for the first time the shock of seeing the Universal Social Charge deducted from their pay checks. The introduction of the USC by Fianna Fail was the last act of […]