As part of their successful election campaign in 1977, Fianna Fáil promised to abolish the rates levied on households. As a majority government, they did so. Household rates had funded local government services, inclusive of mains water and refuse collection, since the foundation of the State.
Sat, 07 May, 2016
“Everywhere, welfare authorities were calling in the unemployed for questioning and examination as to whether they were fit for work, those who were deemed fit were drafted into……schemes of one kind or another; those who failed to appear were taken off the register, and their payments stopped. Rent supplements were cut, payments to carers for the old and sick for medication were slashed. A working-class woman who asked the welfare officer for help in paying for her 75-year-old mother, whom she cared for at home, was told that the state would no longer pay for such people, who were nothing but a burden on the national community’’.
Tue, 14 Jul, 2015
Fri, 15 Apr, 2011
A NEW concept for 2010 … joined-up thinking. The prolonged cold weather has shown us yet again how bad our quangos are. County councils have the responsibility for gritting our roads. So can we assume there is duplication in each county of the operational structures required to purchase, store and distribute the grit?
Wed, 06 Jan, 2010
I LIVE beside the River Sullane which joins the River Lee just below Macroom in Co Cork. The Sullane has a big catchment area and 10 to 15 years ago it would rise slowly and take three to four days to drop again. Now the river rises in an hour and drops in three to four hours. Why is this?
Sat, 28 Nov, 2009
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern wasreferring to what he saw as unnecessary delays in the Irish planning and environmental control systems in January 2005, when he said: “I would like to have the power of the mayor of Shanghai … I would like that we can get through the consultation problem as quick(ly) as possible”.
Wed, 11 Jul, 2007
WE have an epidemic of late-night street disorder with assault cases clogging up A&E units where drunk and drugged teenagers, having already abused the gardaí, turn on doctors and nurses, terrify sick patients and threaten ambulance crews.
Wed, 13 Oct, 2004