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    Saturday with Claire Byrne Saturday 8 March 2014


    Saturday with Claire Byrne

    Saturday with Claire Byrne questions agendas, dissects the week gone by, and debates the likely issues of the week to come.


    Frank Flannery and Rehab

    Fiach Kelly, The Irish Times Political Correspondent, joins Claire by telephone following his article about Frank Flannery. The Fine Gael strategist and Rehab Director, was paid thousands by Rehab to lobby the Government on their behalf.

    In studio are Paschal Donohoe, Dublin Central TD and Minister for European Affairs; Sean Fleming, Fianna Fáil TD for Laois/Offaly and Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson. There was also a rundown of this week's Dáil Business.


    Pensions Unrest

    The panel is joined by Gerald Flynn of Align Management Solutions to discuss the proposed Aer Lingus/DAA strike which is scheduled to take place on the Friday of the St Patrick's Weekend. The DAA have applied for an injunction which may just offer the “cooling off” period that’s required.

    The ESB Pensions Deficit is also far from resolved and may surface again next week when the company's annual report is released.


    Proposed Income Tax Reductions

    Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer at the School of Business in DCU, discusses the suggestion of possible income tax cuts and how they could be funded given that we still have to borrow money and still have a target of cutting our deficit to 3%. Tony suggests there could be a restructuring of the tax take as opposed to general income tax cuts.

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    Saturday with Claire Byrne questions agendas, dissects the week gone by, and debates the likely issues of the week to come, each Saturday afternoon from 1pm – 2pm. Tune in to hear the very latest from newsmakers and from those whose lives are impacted by policy makers in Ireland.

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