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Seanad Election Statement-Paddy Healy

Seanad Election can be Used to Fight Cuts in Education and Public Services
The recent budget implemented severe cuts in public services and in the incomes of those on low and middle incomes. Under the humiliating EU/IMF Deal 5 billion euro in the current year and 10 billion by 2013 is being paid in debt servicing to European banks and other investors.
Cuts in education, health and other public services are now in place. Much more are promised in the next 3 budgets.
The Croke Park Deal implements such cuts. Over 2,500 nursing posts have been eliminated. Thousands of posts of responsibility delivering pastoral care are being eliminated in our schools. Lecturing posts are being eliminated reducing the service to third level students. Social workers are so overburdened that vulnerable people are unable to get the supports they need. Thousands of professional research staff are being employed under temporary contracts and dismissed when funding streams end as part of unjustifiable cuts in research funding.Many Post graduates and new graduates are unable to find jobs.
Social Welfare benefits have been cut and taxation on the lower paid and on middle incomes has been steeply increased. Not a penny of taxation has been placed on the assets of the super-rich. There are 450,000 unemployed of which 100,000 are graduates and many have already emigrated.
Public service pensions have now been cut on top of pay cuts and the imposition of the pension levy.
There is an alternative to this.
National Community Platform representing 29 caring bodies has launched a programme of proposals focussed on taxing the assets and incomes of the very rich instead of cutting public services. The programme-4Steps 2 Recovery is available on website http://communityplatform.ie/publications.html
Further valuable material is available from TASC —an independent think-tank dedicated to combating Ireland’s high level of economic inequality and ensuring that public policy has equality at its core. Website http://www.tascnet.ie/showPage.php?ID=1

Government irresponsibly allowed Irish Banks to borrow 90 billion Euro abroad after 2003. Now the very rich must make a major contribution to providing a remedy through increased tax payments on assets and very high incomes

I contested the Seanad election(NUI Panel) on the last occasion with the support of Teachers Union of Ireland(TUI) and Irish Federation of University Teachers and received almost 1500 votes.

Of course, cuts in public services cannot be prevented by the Seanad. But those elected can play an important role as public advocates on behalf of the interest groups they represent.

Senator Joe O’Toole has used his position to promote the Croke Park Deal under which thousands of temporary staff have been dismissed and over 10,000 permanent public service posts have been eliminated causing serious damage to public services.

A strong advocate for public services, for public servants,for employees generally and for the poor is urgently needed.

I will be contesting the Seanad Election on the NUI panel.
It is my intention if elected to use the position to enhance my work in organising public servants, employees generally and the poor to defend themselves against cuts and other oppressive policies. In pursuit of these objectives, I will be advocating increased taxation of the assets and incomes of the super-rich. Further information is available on my Blog above:
https://paddyhealy.wordpress.com

Above all a Registration Drive is needed immediately. A Registration Form can be downloaded at
http://www.nui.ie/elections/seanad-register.asp#reg1 Tá leagan gaeilge ar fáil ar an suíomh idirlín freisin.

If you wish to help with this work, please reply to this message or telephone me at 086-4183732

Paddy Healy

Government Must Tax the Super-Rich!
Letter to Irish Times Published To-day WED OCT 6
Taxing questions
• Madam, – Among the taxation proposals being mooted by government for the next and subsequent budgets is an extension of tax to the lower paid. This is to be accompanied by continued draconian reductions in the provision of health, education and other services required by the population generally and particularly by the poor. Government cuts and impositions on the poor and those on middle incomes who spend most of their income in Ireland will flatten the economy and increase the disastrous levels of unemployment and emigration.
Much of the €90 billion irresponsibly borrowed abroad by Irish banks since 2003 is still in the possession of the super-rich.
The borrowings which have bankrupt many developers have been paid to others.
The repayments on these borrowings are now being made by the citizens generally. Surely this money must be restored to the State as a priority?
The only way to recover this money is through an assets tax which is common in several countries (France, Norway, Switzerland) and in several states in the US.
If the €320 billion in assets (Wealth of the Nation Report, 2007) held by the top 5 per cent in 2007 has now shrunk to €250 billion(estimate of UNITE Trade Union), a 2 per cent annual assets tax on the top 5 per cent of asset holders would bring in €5 billion per year.
Raising the tax on the top 6 per cent who earn over €100,000 per annum from 27 per cent to 32 per cent of total salary, would raise a further €1.5 billion per year.
A significant increase in income taxes and assets taxes on the rich is no longer merely desirable in equity, it is a necessity in order to rescue the economy and to protect human services provision.
There is a real economic emergency. Surely the super-rich should make an emergency contribution? How about a little patriotism from them? – Yours, etc,
PADDY HEALY,
Griffith Court,
Fairview, Dublin 3.
Related Material such as recent articles on Education and Public Services by Tom Garvin Jim McKiernan Garret Fitzgerald Michael Cronin can also be viewed
Blog
https://paddyhealy.wordpress.com

My TWITTER address is paddyhealytui
Paddy Healy 086-4183732
Chair, National Public Services Alliance, Former President TUI

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