You can now download my pre-Budget submission on the subject of Childcare to Minister for Finance Brian Cowen by clicking here: childcare-and-the-budget.pdf
Archive for November, 2005
A large head of steam is building up on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been prominent in the media in the past few days, concerning the activities of multinationals in this country and the tax rate they enjoy. It appears, because of what is happening in the United States, and here as well, that there is danger in the undergrowth of some fundamental change in the treatment of multinationals, not necessarily in Ireland, but in the United States. (more…)
The building, buying and selling of property comprise a big jungle of which people have a pretty ropy understanding. The system seems to suit the developers, sellers, landowners and everybody except the first-time buyer or the person who actually needs a house in which to live. It would be preferable if it suited the latter.
The odds in this jungle are stacked very heavily not just against the first-time buyer but also against the person buying a home in which to live. I do not want to lay all the blame on the Government for the young first-time buyer not always being able to buy a property but there are circumstances in which it is obviously fair that the Government interfere in what is known as the free market. There are social circumstances in which this applies and it certainly applies in the case in question. (more…)
Prof. Margaret O’Mahony, a fellow of Trinity College and head of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, has been selected by Minister for the Environment, Martin Cullen, to recruit and chair the Dublin Transport Authority. The authority is expected to have a wide remit, and will aim to harmonise Dublin’s public transport system.
As Budget 2005 approaches, I am calling for greater resources for childcare, to give parents real choices about whether to rejoin the workforce or to care for their children themselves. I secured a Seanad debate on childcare on Wedndesday 26 October. The debate was responded to by Michael McDowell, the Minister for Justice.
While the Seanad has already debated problems with creche facilities and the cost of childcare, I wanted also to emphasise the value of parents who give up work or work part-time in order to take care of their children. It’s clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to childcare. (more…)
President Mary McAleese presented the inaugural Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals to two of Ireland’s leading thinkers: Prof. Michael Coey and Prof. John Dillon, both from Trinity College. The medals acclaim Ireland’s foremost contributors to the world of learning. They are awarded by the RIA and sponsored by the HEA and the Irish Independent.