Ireland: Plan For Tax Cuts
02 December 2013
Posted by: Author: Irish Independent
Author: Irish Independent
TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore
has said he wants to cut the tax rate for working families during the
lifetime of this Government. Mr Gilmore said: "I think as the finances
of the country improve, I would like to lift the burden of taxation
somewhat on working families this term if that is possible."
Responding to Mr Gilmore, speaking in Japan Taoiseach Enda Kenny
said getting the public finances in order was the first priority. "In
the sense of growing the economy, you've got to fix your public finances
first of all, you've got to pull the shutters up behind us when we exit
on December 15 and never go back to that culture that brought us over
the edge. Obviously, as each year passes, Government will reflect on the
next best thing to do in the Budget for 2015," he said.
MULLIGAN WINS VOTE
Labour leadership has received a boost after a SIPTU official was voted
in as the new Labour chairperson. Councillor Loraine Mulligan was seen
as the choice of the party hierarchy, while the rival candidate, former
general secretary Ray Kavanagh, was seen as the "anti-leadership" choice
and as having the potential to cause more problems for Mr Gilmore.
Mulligan had strong support from SIPTU members of Labour, given her
role as a research officer with the Liberty Hall-based union. She also
had the support of Labour Women and was seen to have performed well. She
was previously vice-chair of Labour but took over as chair last June
after the resignation of rebel Labour chairman Colm Keaveney.
PARTY IS IN THE PINK
eternally cash-strapped Labour Party is in the fiscal pink for once,
but this is primarily thanks to the taxpayers rather than its own
supporters or the trade unions. Audited accounts for 2012 show the party
had a surplus of €1.518m of income over expenditure.
When it came
to its income of €3,741,946 in 2012, significantly, €3,077,050 came via
the Party Leader Allowance and monies for TDs and senators provided
under the Electoral Act 1997. The party's entrepreneurial abilities will
be laid open to question by the revelation that Labour's own
fundraising only raised a humble €11,589. There is scant reason to worry
because, thanks mostly to the taxpayer, the party has an overall
pre-election fighting fund of €3,148,337.
This article first appeared in independent.ie.