Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Meath Tús finding protected

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has confirmed today (Wednesday) that there has been no reduction in Government funding to the Tús Programme in Meath, which is operated by Meath Partnership.

“Funding for the Tús Programme in Co. Meath has been protected by the Government and, in fact, will increase slightly this year.


“The programme is operated locally by the Meath Partnership and I understand that organisation has written to local groups suggesting that there are unsupported costs of €72,800 for 2015. This is difficult to fathom considering that Government funding has been protected.

“Of course it goes without saying that voluntary organisations should not be required to support the costs of work activation.

“Tús is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The programme has been of great benefit in Co. Meath and long may it continue.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Actions speak louder than apologies

“Today in Dáil Éireann Deputy Adams admitted that Sinn Fein failed victims of sexual abuse at the hands of republicans, he acknowledged Sinn Fein's failure to deal properly with the issue and he apologised. 

“Apologies are meaningless without the actions to back up the simple words. We all know that Sinn Fein in the past covered up the sexual abuse of children at the hands of some of its own members but by continuing to deny those victims credibility in their testimony, by casting doubt as to their integrity, Sinn Fein is re-traumatising not only the brave victims Mairia Cahill and Paudie McGahon, who have gone public, but also the many, many victims who are still afraid to.

“That failure is Deputy Adams’ alone. He has it within his gift today to provide the Gardaí with all the information they require today.

“Sinn Fein/IRA conducted a damage limitation exercise resulting in the investigation of over 40 cases of both sexual and physical abuse by the hands of republicans. He stated in a recent Dáil debate arising from the allegations made by Mairia Cahill, that Sinn Fein had no corporate way of verifying what happened in the past. Well he knows, as I know he already has all the information that Gardaí would need. 

“Sinn Fein staff were issued with instructions to prepare a media strategy in the event of the report being leaked.

“So, don't wait till the report is leaked, Deputy Adams. Do the decent thing, the right thing and give the report to the Gardaí and stop re-traumatising victims today.”

Monday, March 09, 2015

Gerry in Wonderland aims to divert attention from SF tax hikes

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has rubbished Gerry Adams’s claim that working people earning between €30,000 and €70,000 have nothing to fear from Sinn Féin. 

“Sinn Féin’s latest attempt to divert attention away from their plans for massive tax hikes on working people is yet another example of Sinn Féin hypocrisy.

“On Sunday’s The Week in Politics Gerry Adams said that workers earning between €30,000 and €70,000 have nothing to fear from Sinn Féin. This is despite the fact that their tax plans would result in a 7% tax hike on working people.

“Gerry’s Adams’ latest musings strongly contrast the views of his finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty. He told the Oireachtas Finance Committee on 18th November that some workers who earn between €32,000 and €70,000 are hard pressed ‘but a lot of them are not’.

“The fact is that Sinn Féin is determined to target middle income pay packets to fund their wild promises. 

“Gerry Adams also said he would take 200,000 people out of the USC net. This is a strange pledge considering his party voted against our tax and USC cuts in the Finance Bill that brought the number of people taken out of USC by the Government to 410,000.

“Sinn Féin is promising wonderland but we don’t have to fall through the rabbit hole to find out what happens in Gerry Adam’s nonsensical world. We just have to look to Northern Ireland where Sinn Féin is implementing wide-ranging cuts.

“Sinn Féin’s reckless policies will put the economic recovery at risk. Gerry Adam’s admitted as much yesterday when he said their policies could cost jobs. Fine Gael in Government is determined to secure the recovery by aiming to achieve full employment by 2018 and making work pay by reducing tax and USC for low and middle income earners.”

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Adams admits his policies will threaten Irish jobs

“Gerry Adams has admitted his own policies will threaten Irish jobs", says Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East.

“It was laughable to hear Sinn Féin call themselves pro business at their Ard Fheis this weekend. We have known for a long time that Sinn Féin are a high tax, high spend party that would damage job creation. We now have the bizarre situation of Gerry Adams effectively admitting that his own policies will damage Ireland's job creation prospects. 

"When asked on RTÉ Radio's This Week show today if his policies would impact on the decisions of multinationals to locate in Ireland, he responded 'they may...' before attempting to justify the same dangerous policies. In a pathetic attempt to avert fears, all he could offer was a hope that wealthy patriotic individuals would continue to invest in Ireland.

"Adams needs to get real. This is no joking matter. 174,000 people are directly employed by multinationals in Ireland, with over 100,000 indirect jobs also dependent on foreign direct investment (FDI). Sinn Féin's fantasy economics cannot be allowed to put these, and future jobs, at risk.

"The reason Adams was the question is that it is patently clear to most right thinking people that Sinn Féin's proposal to raise the top rate of income tax would seriously endanger investment in this country and put jobs at risk. Their proposal to increase employers’ PRSI  is literally a tax on jobs.  A wealth tax will result in money, investment and jobs leaving the country.

"Thanks to the sacrifices of the Irish people, and the prudent management of the economy in recent years, this country has regained stability and is experiencing economic growth once more. The recovery is still fragile and we cannot throw it all away on a party whose own leader admits their policies may affect FDI to this country.

“Sinn Féin’s's most recent alternative budget proposed an incredible 1.6 billion in new taxes on work, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Contrast this with the approach of the Government over the last few years. The Action Plan for Jobs has seen over 90,000 additional jobs created and the Live Register has been cut by one third. We have a plan to continue to reduce tax on work in a sustainable way. People have a little more in their pockets after the last Budget and the economy is feeling the benefit with retails sales on the up.

"This week we heard that Sinn Féin's own business backers in the United States have expressed concern at their economic policies. It is surprising now to hear Gerry Adams agree with them. How can people possibly have faith in his party? The truth is they would put our hard won economic recovery in severe jeopardy."