Two weeks tomorrow, the nation will go to the polls to vote on whether to keep our second House of parliament or consign it to our political history. With opinion polls at this stage showing the result of the referendum may be very tight, Sean was joined for further debate on the pros and cons of Seanad Eireann by Niall Collins of Fianna Fail and Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin, both of whom are acting as Director of Elections for their respective parties in the run-up to October 4th
‘Highly uncertain’. This is how the IMF have described the prospects of Irish Economic recovery in the medium term. It’s comments came in the ninth review of the country’s bailout programme and to look at the details. Pat was joined by Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD, Meath East and Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Finance.
So is the strain of trying to secure a debt deal beginning to show between the coalition partners. It is being reported that unless the Government can secure a plan to reduce payments on Anglo Irish Banks promissory notes, it may fall apart. Well it seems that officials in Brussels are taking the threat seriously and Pat was joined on the line by Aodhan O’Riordan, Labour TD for Dublin North-Central and Pearse Doherty Sinn Fein’s Finance spokesperson.
The debate on the Social Welfare Bill continues today with pressure on government TDs who know their constituents will be watching developments with interest. So far, the cabinet is not for turning on the most controversial cuts including the reduction in the respite grant to carers despite sustained pressure from the opposition. Joining Pat were Sinn Fein’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty and Kieran O’Donnell deputy Enterprise and Trade spokesman with Fine Gael.
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