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“Now, it’s our taxes which are unacceptably high, so our first priority has to be the reduction of taxes for public and private sector workers.”

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Banking Inquiry Parliamentary Assistant

Posted December 4th, 2014

A position has opened up in my office to support my work on the Banking Inquiry.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please email your CV to luach.hardiman@oireachtas.ie.

All applications must be received by 11th December 2014, with interviews to take place in the week commencing 15th December. To apply you must be available to start full time work on the 12th January 2015 and be Dublin based.

The successful candidate will have:

Practical experience working in legal, financial or related fields; a degree in Finance or Law or a related discipline; an ability to multitask and prioritise a demanding workload; an ability to independently analyse and critique detailed legal and financial documents; capability to work alone and as part of a team; competence working with WordPress, Excel and Powerpoint.

Duties will include, but will not be limited to:

Analysing reports, financial information and related documentation

Researching specific areas of work

Preparation of reports, presentations and other documents

Creation and maintenance of filing systems

Managing emails and physical correspondence

Managing communications on Inquiry related issues

Liaising with members of the House, Inquiry staff and others

Attending Banking Inquiry meetings and briefings

General assistance in support of the Deputy’s work on the Banking Inquiry

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Our economy is dependent on entrepreneurs

Posted November 28th, 2014

Tax system must do more for self-employed – and soon

“Our economy is dependent on entrepreneurs. The businesses they create are fundamental to having a dynamic and competitive economy. And they create lots and lots of jobs, the taxation from which funds the running of the State. However our two tier tax and PRSI system is weighed in favour of PAYE workers. It does not sufficiently promote or protect the self-employed who take the risks to create the businesses on which our enterprise based economy depends.

Over 760,000 people, around 70% of the workforce are employed by SMEs in Ireland. These firms all came from simple beginnings. While some have gone on to become significant employers, most are low scale operations with a small number of employees. Many survive on a year to year basis and operate on tight margins.”

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Irish Water update

Posted November 20th, 2014

The government has made mistakes in attempting to set up Irish Water.

I was very happy to see that the new proposals were given 14 hours debate in the Dail as part of a motion on Irish Water, which will provide for further time and debate in the Dail as the relevant legislation is brought through the House in later weeks. This is to be welcomed, though of course much greater reform of our parliamentary democracy is still needed.

All of the details about the new proposals can be found here.

And you can watch my speech in the Dail on the new proposals by clicking here.

You will note from my Dail speech that I have been, and continue to be, critical of certain aspects of Irish Water. But I still believe that this new utility is necessary. Living in Dublin, people will know first hand what underinvestment in our water infrastructure has meant to us in reality – water shortages due to inadequate supply, water shortages due to broken pipes in cold weather, and 40% of water we are already paying for leaking in to the ground. A single utility, raising money specifically for investment where none was available before, will improve our water infrastructure, making the provision of water cheaper and more efficient.

 

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Molesworth St & Kildare St closure/changes

Posted October 30th, 2014

Part of Molesworth Street will be closed and part of Kildare Street will become 2-way for 4 weeks from November 3rd.

To facilitate works required for the Luas Cross City Utilities contract on Dawson Street and Molesworth Street it will be necessary to change traffic movements in the area. For a period of 4 weeks from 3rd November, Molesworth Street between its junctions with Dawson Street and South Frederick Street will be closed to traffic. To facilitate access to Molesworth Street and the surrounding areas, Kildare Street will be made two-wayfrom St. Stephen’s Green North to Molesworth Street. Kildare Street will remain one-way southbound between Nassau Street and Molesworth Street.

For full details and alternative routes click here.

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Budget 2015

Posted October 24th, 2014

This week I had the opportunity to comment in the Dail on Budget 2015.

Click here to see a video of my speech here.

-Draft remarks-

I welcome the budget that was presented to us last week.

But, unfortunately, I cannot welcome the process around the budget.

Six years ago the country’s economy collapsed, and six years later nothing has changed when it comes to our national budget and the role of Dáil Éireann in that process.

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During the debate on the Social Protection Bill I reiterated some of these points and you can watch the video here.

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Budget 2015

Posted October 14th, 2014

Today the budget for 2015 was announced in Dail Eireann.

The main measures for next year are detailed in this on-line document here.

To read the Financial Statement from the Minister for Finance, click here.

To read the Expenditure Estimates announcement from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, click here.

For more detailed information, including breakdowns across departments and the exact changes to taxation and how they might affect you, click here.

If you are interested in watching the Taoiseach’s message on the budget, you can do so here, and for video messages from Ministers Noonan & Howlin, click here.

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Direct Provision – Amnesty needed

Posted October 3rd, 2014

The system of direct provision for foreign nationals seeking asylum in Ireland was debated in the Dáil.

During my comments on the matter I called for an amnesty for all those in the system longer than four years.

I said that the system being allowed to remain in place for more than a decade was a form of institutional racism that shamed the Irish people.

You can watch my contribution here.

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Fiscal Advisory Council should be listened to

Posted September 24th, 2014

My Comments in full on the pre-budget statement from the Fiscal Advisory Board.

We are still borrowing far too much money to fund the state each year. The sooner we reduce the amount we borrow, the sooner we reduce the taxation burden on working people, so that once again work pays.

Today a person earning 36,000euro pays roughly one thousand euro of their taxes just to pay-off the interest on our national debt. The majority of that debt was built up not by bailing out the banks, but by continuing to run a state sector we could no longer afford.

We need to reduce the burden of the state on people, and we do that by repairing the public finances and by balancing the books.

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Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Posted September 19th, 2014

Click here to read my latest newsletter.

Inside you can read about:

Fee-paying schools

Making work pay

School enrolment changes

The Banking Inquiry

Funding for local sports clubs

Marriage equality

All things bicycling

Rathgar Village Improvement Plan

Eoghan’s priorities

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