Ballyhea Says No – Week 250 – Why we persevere

by Diarmuid O’Flynn Last Sunday we marked week 250 of the Ballyhea Says No campaign against the imposition of odious bank-debt on the Irish people. In the days before and after I was asked many times – how have ye kept going? How do ye persevere with a cause that gets so little publicity? My […]

Six steps to increase housing supply and stimulate growth in the economy – CIF

If 10,000 more housing units are built per year, an additional 25,000 people will be employed in the construction sector, according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).  This would also restore residential construction activity to levels needed to meet the growing high levels of demand. The CIF have proposed six steps for inclusion in October’s […]

Senator Craughwell launches new policy to help those in Mortgage Arrears

Senator Gerard Craughwell has today launched a new policy document setting out five simple steps to assist those in mortgage arrears. The policy proposes a Credit Rating Amnesty, Independent Certificates of Affordability, Communications Protocols, Dedicated personal contacts and advances on Rent Allowance. ‘The problem of mortgage arrears is choking our economy. We need to focus […]

Ireland’s optimism picking up – Eurobarometer

Standard “Eurobarometer 82” opinion poll, Irish national report, with Professor Richard Sinnott and Dr Stephen Quinlan The results of the latest Eurobarometer suggest that, after some negative years, a more optimistic view of the EU is resurfacing in Ireland. Meanwhile, on the economy, while most people (60%) see the situation as ‘bad’, numbers saying this […]

SMEs in Offaly more optimistic about 2015, survey reveals

62% of small firms in Offaly and the Midlands are optimistic about the year ahead, but their likelihood of opening a new premises in the next year is lower than firms elsewhere in Ireland. The inaugural Magnet Regional Business Barometer (MRBB), a study of over 600 SMEs across the Republic of Ireland by Amarach Research […]

Government Regional Policy Fails Offaly says MEP

The publication of the CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP study confirms the failure of the current National Spatial Strategy to provide balanced regional development and raises serious issues concerning the recommendations of the Pat Spillane CEDRA report. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin, speaking while canvassing in Co. Offaly on Friday, April […]

Normal levels of construction needed for economic development and recovery – Hogan addresses construction forum

As part of the Governments’ Action Plan For Jobs, a Stakeholder Workshop was held in Government Buildings this morning (7th June 2013) to focus on the key areas of infrastructure investment; commercial and residential property; and the Construction Sector’s role in supporting the domestic economy and jobs.   The Workshop was moderated by Frances Ruane of […]

Thousands set to march tomorrow on Dublin Castle in a massive show of opposition to property tax and austerity

Ahead of tomorrow’s national demonstration against the property tax robbery, campaign activists and supporters greeted EU dignitaries and finance Ministers arriving at Dublin Castle with a banner advertising the weekend protest. Paul Murphy MEP at Dublin Castle said: “EU finance ministers looking out their car windows on the journey from Dublin Airport to the city […]

Innovative web platform to assist Irish people stuck in debt

Cavan business man Hugh Leddy is to launch an innovative web platform in early 2013 to assist the 100,000 Irish people stuck in debt by matching them with potential ‘ordinary’ business angels. Leddy is currently raising funds for his project, called Debtrow, that will act like a dating agency for debt laden individuals, putting them […]

4th July, Independence Day for Children with Special Needs

On Wednesday next, 4th July, children with special needs, and their parents and school support workers, will take to the streets and lay claim to the independence that should be the birth-right of these children. Unfortunately, because of the catalogue of cutbacks being imposed by the current Fine Gael/Labour government, that fundamental human right is […]

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