Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Weekly Message From An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Category : Enda Kenny

The final European Council meeting of 2015 has been dominated by two key issues- ongoing migration into Europe and Britain’s potential to remain a central member of EU. Yesterday evening was dominated by David Cameron putting forward his case in this regard to his political colleagues.

Despite the very strong levels of support there is in terms of this particular issue, there are some points of contention that need to be worked out and as long as the open and frank discussions on this very important issue continue in the coming weeks I certainly hope this will be the case.

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 43rd Electronic Edition

Welcome to 43rd edition of the Cavan Voice. I hope that you are continuing to enjoy my updates.

Kindest Regards and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Joe O’Reilly TD

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Strong record on the economy

Category : Enda Kenny

Ahead of the General Election in the Spring, we had a very good and productive meeting in Leinster House involving Fine Gael TDs Senators and candidates on Wednesday. Our message to them was very clear – that the central focus for Fine Gael will be to keep the recovery going in light of the Party’s very strong record on the economy since taking office in 2011. Our focus will also be on the creation of more jobs, the reduction of taxes and the creation of better opportunities to invest in public services. Together, this will form the core theme for our Party in the General Election.

Deputy John O’Mahony’s book ‘O’Mahony: Keeping the Faith’ is now on sale in bookshops and online. Having read it myself, I can personally recommend it to you as a very good read and stocking filler if you happen to be buying for a GAA enthusiast this Christmas. John’s record as a manager speaks for itself, having guided Leitrim to their only Connaught title in 1994, and winning All-Irelands with Galway twice, in 1998 and 2001.

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Another boost today

Category : Enda Kenny

Dear Friend,

Ireland’s ever-increasing position as a major European digital hub received yet another boost today with the news that the working professionals’ social networking site, Linkedin, is to create a further 100 jobs here. This company already employs a very significant 900 here and I was invited earlier today to visit the site of its new building at Wilton Terrace in Dublin city centre where work has just commenced on the ‘above ground’ phase. It is expected to be complete at the beginning of 2017.

Of course, the Government is committed to maintaining Ireland’s attractiveness as a hub for new investment such as this, and for that reason, we prioritised many pro-growth and pro-job policies in the Budget for 2016. In order to make work pay we are tackling the marginal tax rates on middle income earners, and are reducing the marginal rate of tax to below 50% for all earners under €70,000. If re-elected for a second term, we will also continue to phase out the USC in future budgets, while also reforming the income tax system to cap benefits for the highest earners and to keep the income tax system broad. These measures, in turn, should help us to maintain Ireland’s position a dynamic, attractive place for big global players such as Linkedin to invest.

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Update From Michael, Richard & Simon

Category : Enda Kenny

Dear Friend,

As I told you last week I appointed Michael Noonan, Richard Bruton and Simon Harris to begin finalising a new long term economic plan to keep the recovery going.

This week they briefed me and our Ministers on their progress so far. They have identified three key steps to achieving this goal:

  • Continue the relentless focus on jobs by creating even more job opportunities all over Ireland. By protecting our 12.5% rate of corporation tax, lowering taxes on jobs and smaller Irish-owned businesses and investing in infrastructure, we will accelerate the pace of job creation, with employment levels to increase by almost 200,000 by 2020.
  • Ensure that a job always pays more than welfare and that those who want to work feel it’s really worth it. This means abolishing the USC over five years, further sensible increases in the minimum wage, welfare reforms designed to encourage work and additional measures to ease childcare costs.
  • Use increased revenues to fund affordable improvements in public services. More people at work means more tax revenues to provide frontline services such as nurses, guards and teachers. Unlike the reckless spending of Fianna Fail in the 2000s, we will cap the growth of Government spending below the underlying growth rate of the economy and eliminate the deficit by 2018.

Our long term plan will finish the job and bring the benefits of the recovery to every home in the country.

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Irish women in the EU

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Ireland’s highest-ranking female EU politician, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, led a call for more women to take up senior positions within the European Institutions.

Addressing a gathering of policymakers, EU staff and stakeholders at an event to celebrate Irish Women in the EU, held by the Irish Permanent Representation in Brussels (2 December), McGuinness highlighted the contribution of Irish women to the work of the EU:

“The first step is to get Irish men and women into positions in the EU institutions and then to ensure that they progress along the line.

“There are traditionally more men than women in EU institutions at higher management levels and this is being addressed.”

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New poll: Majority of Irish citizens positive about EU – MEP McGuinness

Category : Mairead McGuinness

A large majority of Irish people have a positive view of EU membership at 72 percent and an even higher percentage recognise how Ireland has benefited from membership, a new Parlemeter poll released has confirmed, according to Mairead McGuinness MEP.

“This latest survey illustrates a rise in positive sentiment towards the European Union with overall support for membership increasing to 72pc in Ireland (55pc EU-wide).

“82pc of Irish people feel Ireland has benefitedfrom EU membership, above the European average of 60pc, which saw a 6pc increase since June 2013. This is based this view mainly on the Union’s contribution to economic growth, peacekeeping and a strengthening of security, as well as cooperation between Member States,” McGuinness noted.

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