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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Austerity

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Man released from custody after Hogan's car windscreen smashed
A spokesperson for the minister described the incident as “thuggery”.
Same number of women but 700 fewer men sign on in May
The CSO figures show there were 421,737 people signing on the Live Register in May – an annual decrease of -2.6 per cent.
Alan Shatter 'humbled', HSE versus the China baby video: The week's news skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: HSE officials too busy watching video of Chinese baby to appear on Prime Time, and parents using clothes recycling containers to mind children…
'Blockupy' protestors block access to ECB headquarters in Frankfurt
Demonstrators were expressing concerns about the ECB’s role in enforcing austerity throughout the eurozone.
Firefighters vs police in Spain austerity protest
Riot police charged at firefighters during the protest, which took place in front of the Catalunya Parliament in Barcelona.
The Evening Fix: Now with added footage from inside a tornado
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Joan Burton no longer believes in austerity
In a letter signed by a number of European politicians, the Irish Minister said Europe needs to move on to its next stage of recovery.
Poll: Do you trust the European Union to represent your interests?
A new survey has shown a massive decline in favourable views of the EU. So, do you trust them to make decisions that are right for you?
Column: Insinuating that young people ‘aren’t bothered’ with politics is insulting and false
Various political scandals and our current economic woes have increased levels of mistrust in politicians among young people. This does not mean we are apathetic, we just need to be engaged, writes Órla Ryan.
Column: Are we proud that Ireland is the poster child of austerity?
Austerity has not worked in Ireland or across the eurozone, writes Joan Collins, who points out that even the architects of our bailout admit it was the wrong path.
Children's Minister 'constantly amazed' at lack of basic services
In a recent broad-ranging interview, Frances Fitzgerald talks about schools being ‘too ashamed’ to stand up to bullying, ‘unacceptable’ waiting lists and ‘bad news’ in service inspections.
'Time to ease off on austerity and abandon planned tax hikes' - IBEC
IBEC says Ireland could drop the ‘new taxes’ planned for Budget 2014 and still meet the EU’s targets.
Column: It's fanciful to think a wealth tax would make the rich leave Ireland
A former IMF head of the mission for Ireland has said an entire reliance on austerity was not the right move – yet we’re still following that road. David Cronin asks why.
Poll: Has President Michael D Higgins crossed the line by criticising Europe?
Some believe the president has overstepped the remit of his office by criticising EU austerity policies in an interview with the Financial Times.
Backlash against austerity means more countries using Irish model, says Gilmore
The Tánaiste says Ireland’s model has always been to cut costs, while also increasing investment to encourage growth.
Back again: Iceland re-elects the parties blamed for causing financial meltdown
Iceland’s voters flocked back to the two parties ousted in 2009 after presiding over the worst financial crisis ever to hit the country.
Berlusconi wants new government to 'confront' EU's austerity agenda
The 76-year-old former premier is set to join a new grand coalition – and says he’s hoping to be made the Minister for Finance.
Italy's next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivan
Enrico Letta looks set to form a new government next week amid opposition in his own party and from the Five Star Movement led by ex-comedian Beppe Grillo.
Typo of the Day: Austerity hits Ireland's budget for World Food Programme
We are living way beyond our means…
Barroso: Austerity is 'fundamentally right' - but is approaching its limits
The European Commission president says, however, it is an ‘unacceptable prejudice’ to blame some countries for others’ problems.
Leading pro-austerity academic paper may have included fatal Excel error
A 2010 paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff found that growth falls dramatically as debt increases. Or does it?
President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens
In an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Higgins said citizens placed their trust in elected members and they must act in their best interests.
Tesco leaves US as profits drop by 51 per cent
The supermarket behemoth said the further round of austerity measures has impacted customer spending in Ireland.
Adams calls on Labour to leave government in Ard Fheis address
The Sinn Fein leader said that “a real Labour Party” would not be in government with Fine Gael.
Austerity-only policy for Ireland was a mistake, admits former IMF chief
Ashoka Mody says the Troika chose to go down an austerity-only route instead of conceding on terms and conditions.
Column: The EU need not look beyond its own borders to see widespread poverty
At 38 per cent, Ireland has the highest rate of children at risk of poverty in Western Europe. But, far from protecting the vulnerable, the government has introduced austerity measures that mean the rich get richer, writes Richard Manton.
Merkel ally: Taoiseach told Irish people truth about 'hardship' they'd face
German MEP, Elmar Brok, said that Fine Gael’s support for some of the previous government’s policies had made it able to “sell” austerity and financial hardship to the Irish people.
Column: The success or failure of the UK's economic strategy matters greatly to Ireland
The UK budget being announced today has implications for Ireland too, writes James Kilcourse, who says as well as being a crucial trading partner, the UK is Ireland’s biggest rival for attracting foreign direct investment.
Eurozone finance ministers consider Cyprus bailout
The meeting of finance ministers will follow day two of a summit by EU leaders which will focus on the Syrian crisis.
How a citizen protest movement is stopping evictions in Spain
The citizen-run Platform for Mortgage Victims helps people who can’t pay their mortgages and says it has blocked almost 600 evictions so far.
"You are a privileged generation" - Barroso to TCD audience
José Manuel Barroso also said he was “confident” that the United Kingdom would choose to remain a part of the European Union after its upcoming referendum.
Barroso: 'We can see light at the end of the tunnel'
The President of the European Parliament affirms, however, that MEPs will probably not pass the EU’s draft seven-year Budget.
IBEC appeals for 'no more taxes' to try and ease austerity
The employers’ group says ordinary people have been hit with enough new charges and taxes, and can’t handle any more.
Bulgarian government resigns amid protests
Protests against soaring electricity prices escalated into nationwide demonstrations against the right-wing government in recent weeks.
12 easy ways Ireland can beat austerity*
*May not actually be feasible.
Europe-wide report says austerity is not working
The report – the first in-depth examination of the impact of current austerity policies within Europe – has called for a ‘fair solution’.
Column: What’s happening to left-wing parties in Ireland?
A significant impact of Labour being in government is the failure of left-wing ideas and alternatives to austerity to gain further popular support, writes Dr Rory Hearne.
Kenny: EU budget 'a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe'
The Taoiseach has welcomed a deal limiting EU spending between 2014 and 2020 to €960 billion.
European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget
The leaders of the four main groups say ‘non’ to the deal – making it virtually impossible for Ireland to steer it past MEPs.
Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020
The deal comes in spite of what were seen as key differences between France and the UK over the EU’s fiscal future.