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    Penalising lone-parent employees

    By Caroline Fahy. In July 2014, over 5,000 recipients of the One Parent Family Payment (OFP) lost the payment. This was as a result of the decision announced in Budget 2012 to restrict eligibility for the OFP to those parenting alone whose youngest child is aged seven or under. Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton […]

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    Tax cuts in low-tax Ireland won’t benefit the needy

    By Sinead Pentony. Preparations for Budget 2015 are under way. As with previous budgets, the Government has choices it can make in meeting the requirement to reduce the deficit in the public finances to less than 3% of GDP in 2015. Unfortunately, there are no such self-imposed or externally imposed requirements to reduce inequality and […]

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    Aarhus: State drags feet on legal costs in environmental cases.

    By Kieran Fitzpatrick. The Aarhus Convention aims to protect the environment and proclaims the public to be the best guardian of the environment. There are three strands to the convention: 1) Access to information; 2)Public participation; and 3) Access to justice to review environment-related decisions or to enforce environmental law. Ireland was the last member […]

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    Autumn ’15 tsunami for coalition.

    By John Gormley. In May of 2013 I predicted in this column that Eamon Gilmore would step down as Labour leader before the General Election to be replaced by Joan Burton.  So now that it has all come to pass, as though perfectly scripted, can I apply my soothsayer’s powers again? I’ll give it a […]

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