In his television address at the weekend to mark the end of the bailout programme the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said banks must do more to deal with (those in) mortgage distress. But report a from Government yesterday revealed that few people in mortgage arrears have used an independent financial advice service set up last year, though more than 100,000 people remain in difficulties. Sean was joined by Noeline Blackwell Director General of the Free Legal Advice Centres(FLAC), who is not impressed at what’s been done to help those in trouble.
As we’ve been hearing for several days now, today marks the last working day of the three year Troika bailout and the Government is marking Ireland’s return to “normality” with a series of events starting with a press briefing at 10.30 this morning lead by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin. Minister Noonan joined Sean this morning.
Fine Gael is holding its National Conference in Limerick this weekend – a gathering that comes in the wake of the defeat of the Seanad referendum and in advance of Budget 2014. Sean was joined by Paschal Donohue, Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss the issues that will dominate discussion amongst delegates over the course of today and tomorrow.
This morning Fianna Fail launches its pre budget submission. Some of the headline suggestions are an adjustment of €2.4 billion as opposed to the €2.5 billion announced by Minister Michael Noonan on Tuesday, higher universal social charge for those earning over €100,000 per year, the price of 20 cigarettes would rise by 1 euro, they suggest keeping the 9 per cent vat rate and no cuts to education, disability and mental health services. Joining Keelin from our Dail studio, the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath.