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Minister Burton refuses to pay rent costs

Minister Joan
Burton, Minister for Social Protection refuses to pay the rent for the Combat
Poverty Agency

Minister Burton refuses to pay rent costs, for the
Combat Poverty Agency

The Minister for the Social Protection confirmed that her department was no longer paying the costs of the premises of the Combat Poverty Agency (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th July 2011, 406). The lease costs for its offices had been
€228,000 each year for 2008, 2009 and 2010, with €57,000 to the end of March 2011, when the department exercised, without penalty, the right to break the 21-year lease


Jesus, that’s a lot of money for rent. How many people on the Dole could that money feed? and pay their rent or mortgage? or even pay for extra hospitial beds???

But a more important question is who is the landlord getting such a lot of taxpayers’ money? I would be inclined to agree with Minister Burton.  Get a more appropriate accommodation that is not going to cost such a ridicules amount of rent! What are the wages costing by the way????

The Dole, a lifestyle choice??? Get real Joan!

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has been likened to Margaret Thatcher  after claiming the dole has become a lifestyle choice for some school leavers.

Sinn Fein said the Labour minister’s comments were akin to those of Britain’s  Conservative prime minister during the recession-hit 1980s. An unemployed  support group and opposition politicians also rounded on Ms Burton, claiming  those out of work faced few job prospects.

Aengus O Snodaigh, Sinn Fein’s social protection spokesman, accused the  Labour Party of abandoning its working-class roots.

He said: “The comments of Joan Burton over the weekend in which she described  dependence on social welfare as a lifestyle choice were outrageous and another  example of the Labour Party moving to the right. It was like listening to  Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s.”

The unemployment rate stands at 14.2%, with 457,948 people signing on for  benefits last month.

Ms Burton said she was trying to end the situation where young people leave  school without qualifications and end up forced to rely on the dole.

She told RTE Radio: “I meet the mothers of young people and particularly  young men who end up slipping out of the school system, who end up with  short-term jobs and end up then actually being on social welfare. I don’t think  that that particular lifestyle is good for anybody.”

Socialist TD Joe Higgins said: “The statement by the alleged Minister for  Social Protection, Joan Burton, that young people are choosing to go on the dole  as a ‘lifestyle choice’ is an arrogant and gratuitous insult to a generation  cruelly betrayed by the current economic system and totally let down by a  government that is floundering in face of the need to create tens of thousands  of new jobs.”

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed said those out of work  faced a lack of choice.

Policy officer Brid O’Brien said: “I think it’s an extraordinary statement  given the fact that we’ve so few jobs.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/dole-claim-minister-like-thatcher-16024685.html#ixzz1SSvSzg8O



The country is looking for people to take chances and start
up business .You and your band of turncoats are set in destroying people’s
financial independents so they become dependent on the hand out system that
ensures you get a fat pension and a lottery salary whilst you dispense your
pearls of  Tripe about lifestyles as if the unemployed had a choice!

Get real Joan, and wake up Ireland!

Wicklow TD’s Dail activity watch

speaker:Billy Timmins : 9 Dail debates

There are more results than we have shown here. See more:

Social Insurance (23 Nov 2010)
Billy Timmins: Question 34: To ask the Minister for Social Protection
the position regarding the number of self-employed persons; the number
of these who are currently unemployed; the pension provision of these
persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [44059/10]

Social Insurance (23 Nov 2010)
Billy Timmins: Did the Minister indicate in his reply the total number
of self-employed people in the country?  How many of them are
unemployed?  Is that statistic available?

Social Insurance (23 Nov 2010)
Billy Timmins: The start of the question concerned the position of the
number of self-employed persons who are currently unemployed and the
pension provisions of these persons.

speaker:Billy Timmins : 2 Written Answers

Written Answers – Diplomatic Representation: Diplomatic Representation (23 Nov 2010)
Billy Timmins: Question 222: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs
the position regarding a matter (details supplied).  [43890/10]

Written Answers – Grant Payments: Grant Payments (23 Nov 2010)
Billy Timmins: Question 314: To ask the Minister for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food  further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 3
November 2010, the position regarding the matter; if this will be paid
as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Liz Mc Manus on cuts in the Old Age Pension

Labour TD Liz McManus has expressed her grave concern that the Minister for

Social Protection is considering making cuts in the Old Age Pension at

Budget time.

“The Minister’s suggestion that the State Pension could be cut in the next

Budget is very worrying”, said Deputy Liz McManus. “Minister O Cuív has

said he cannot rule out a cut to the State pension because other people

also have a valid claim on the Social Protection budget.

“I am very concerned about this issue because unlike any other social

welfare claimant, a pensioner has virtually no chance of supplementing

their income. They cannot enter training, back-to-work or Community

Employment schemes and the vast majority cannot pick up part-time work.

“By the time the Budget is produced in December, inflation will be on the

rise putting pensioners under extra pressure in 2011. For many older

people reliant on the State Pension a cut would have serious consequences

and could push some into poverty.

“It should also be remembered that pensioners have been hit by prescription

charges, the carbon tax and a 2% cut in their pensions already. If the

Minister is that concerned about his budget he should be pushing Brian

Lenihan to rake in some money by halting tax breaks for the filthy rich.

“Old Age Pensioners are already feeling intimidated as they are receiving

forms from the Department of Social Protection requesting details about any

change in their circumstances. While I am totally in agreement in cutting

down on fraud, these letters are causing unnecessary alarm for elderly


“Minister Lenihan says he must find €3 billion in the next Budget but he

doesn’t have to cut any welfare payments to do it”,

concluded Deputy McManus..


No Lenihan and Co can find all the billions they like for the banks and by doing so he wants to rob the Old Age Pensioners

This of course is a kite and the crooks in government are testing the waters ,the next kite will be a rumours amount say 30 Euros less for the pension and then closer to the budget they will take maybe 15 Euros and everybody will take a sigh of relief and think they got off lightly

These Gangsters must be dragged and kicking and screaming out of Lenster House

so show up next Tuesday outside the Dail and show them we mean business!

Still the same incompetence!

Cowen’s cabinet line-up


Brian Cowen

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills 

Mary Coughlan

Minister for Finance 

Brian Lenihan

Minister for Health and Children 

Mary Harney

Minister for Transport 

Noel Dempsey

Minister for Justice and Law Reform 

Dermot Ahern

Minister for Foreign Affairs 

Micheál Martin

Minister for Social Protection 

Éamon Ó Cuív

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 

Mary Hanafin

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 

John Gormley

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 

Eamon Ryan

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation 

Batt O’Keeffe

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 

Brendan Smith

Minister for Defence 

Tony Killeen

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs 

Pat Carey

Attorney General 

Paul Gallagher

We see again that incompetence is ignored at the very top of Irish Politics

Cowen is rewarding his buddies and to hell with the rest of the people!

By surrounding himself with this clapped out and worn out bunch

We the people are going to be at the receiving end of yet more pain.

The Greens have now all but thrown in the towel and have being totally consumed in their self interest in big jobs and pensions for themselves

It is so sickening to see their blatant scramble over the crumbs from the Fiannia Fail Table

Talk about a bunch of wasters and sell outs

It’s just sickening!

When will the people rise up and get these leaches off our backs?

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