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Old 14-09-2017, 03:13 PM
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I'd expect a tax credit for those who go online early in the morning, register there awakeness by using the number on their public services card to show they were good citizens.
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Old 14-09-2017, 03:32 PM
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These kind of statements will cause a media meltdown - at least Dinny O B's lot will be shielded from the worst of it since they are on a boycott!

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Budget 2018: Tax cuts for middle class are the focus, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed Budget 2018 will focus on reducing taxes on middle income families.

Speaking at his party’s annual ‘think in’ in Co Tipperary, Mr Varadkar vowed to create a new social contract with the principal that “everyone who can should make a contribution and everyone should benefit in return.”

“High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work. They are a cap on aspiration and there should be no cap on aspiration in the Republic we wish to build.”

The meeting is an annual pre-Dáil gathering to construct priorities ahead of the upcoming term.

Next month’s budget will be the first in ten years that will balance the books, he said, but stressed Fine Gael would not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Mr Varadkar said: “As Minister Paschal Donohoe has made clear we will do what is necessary to keep Ireland secure in a risky world. So we will keep public spending increases modest and sustainable.

“Where we have scope in the budget, it will be used to reward work and enterprise, and will benefit those on middle incomes who pay the highest rates of tax on far too modest incomes.”

Businesses, farmers and enterprise would be the priorities for Fine Gael and middle income earners would financially benefit in Budget 2018 by lower taxes, the Taoiseach outlined.

Mr Varadkar also confirmed he is pressing forward with plans to amalgamate the Universal Social Charge with PRSI.

“It is a complex and challenging task that will take many budgets but, when completed, it will mean having a new European-style social insurance system in Ireland. We’ve made a good start already with paternity benefit and new benefits for the self-employed.”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will discuss Budget 2018 this afternoon, while Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will give a presentation on the National Planning Framework and the capital plan.

The Taoiseach outlined his commitment to resolving the issues in the housing market and insisted Mr Murphy would announce a series of measures in this area in the coming weeks.

He confirmed the National Planning Framework and the ten year capital plan will be published at the same time and will demonstrate a commitment to sustainable investment.

Mr Varadkar added: “We will not introduce a planning framework, as Fianna Fáil did with the 2002 National Spatial Strategy, and then abandon it more or less immediately. We will not repeat the expensive mistakes of the past.”

On health, the Government supports the themes contained in the report by the Oireachtas committee on the future of healthcare.

Minister for Health Simon Harris will be given the full backing to implement the recommendations.

Mr Varadkar said: “I support the principles of the report: that of Universal Health Care, separating public and private practice, providing much more healthcare in the community, reducing out-of-pocket expenses and charges for patients, greater decision making at regional level, and a focus on public health.”

This is Mr Varadkar’s first significant speech to the party since elected as leader.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also criticised opposition parties for believing in a culture of dependency and victimhood.

He stressed the theme of his tenure in office would be creating a Republic of opportunity, which he insisted was not a PR slogan but a commitment to equality.

Fine Gael would pursue the politics of progress and change, he said.

The Taoiseach added: “So, when we say the centre must hold, we do not mean that things should stay the same. We mean that we will lead change not from the extremes but from the centre.

“Giving people, families and businesses the certainty with which they can plan for the future.”

The Fine Gael leader used the speech to criticise opposition parties - especially those on the left - preferring when their constituents are “down and dependent”.

“They want the system to fail so they can build influence and support.

“Fine Gael will never talk down to people. We will always try to offer people a way up and way forward.”
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Old 14-09-2017, 10:09 PM
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Leo doing as he said he would. Bye bye FG.
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Old 15-09-2017, 09:35 AM
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Leo doing as he said he would. Bye bye FG.
will it be though?

Theres a lot of sense in giving up the low income ground as SF/AAA/BPB etc have that sewn up anyway, there is nothing FG can say there that will make one jot of difference.

So Leo is sticking to what he said he would do and going for the middle which is a large grouping - if the message is that he is strong for them he might well copper fasten enough of that demographic early and do well?
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Old 15-09-2017, 09:49 AM
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as one of those who have long commute to work, never miss a day in work
i would welcome any help the squeezed middle get,
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Old 15-09-2017, 01:45 PM
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will it be though?

Theres a lot of sense in giving up the low income ground as SF/AAA/BPB etc have that sewn up anyway, there is nothing FG can say there that will make one jot of difference.

So Leo is sticking to what he said he would do and going for the middle which is a large grouping - if the message is that he is strong for them he might well copper fasten enough of that demographic early and do well?
Maybe you're right Honky. Instead of doing the right thing, and fixing the homeless problem and the never ending health problem, Leo will play party politics with the country's future, and win.
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Old 15-09-2017, 01:53 PM
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Maybe you're right Honky. Instead of doing the right thing, and fixing the homeless problem and the never ending health problem, Leo will play party politics with the country's future, and win.
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statements like yesterdays are far from random, this stuff is all clearly orchestrated, and he's adept at it - look how he beat Coveney

the problem with politics is the same the world over - winning elections is about PR and strategy these days... being the best politician is a different ball game and the two are two completely exclusive notions that almost never align
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Old 15-09-2017, 01:55 PM
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yarp

statements like yesterdays are far from random, this stuff is all clearly orchestrated, and he's adept at it - look how he beat Coveney

the problem with politics is the same the world over - winning elections is about PR and strategy these days... being the best politician is a different ball game and the two are two completely exclusive notions that almost never align
Agreed. Coveney was a much better choice for leader with regards to the state of the country. Leo was probably the better choice for an election. Although, I still think MM will eat him for breakfast in a debate.
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Old 15-09-2017, 02:46 PM
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I'd happily pay the same level of tax if they invested in the homeless crisis, health and a few more infrastructure projects like the motorway to Limerick.
Ireland has fifth highest spending per capita on health in the world. Its prob similar for housing. Takes a while to clean up Fianna Fail exchequer raids/economy ruinations/general woeful incompetence.
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Old 15-09-2017, 03:05 PM
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Ireland has fifth highest spending per capita on health in the world. Its prob similar for housing. Takes a while to clean up Fianna Fail exchequer raids/economy ruinations/general woeful incompetence.
I have dis proven this time and time again on here. FFS John do some real research and don't believe everything enda and now leo tell you.

One example. Ireland includes social care in health care. Lots of countries don't.

And take some God damn responsibility. 6 years now. Time to stop blaming FF for everything.
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