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lockoutOn Wednesday, June 19th Deputy Joe Higgins brought forward a motion to recognise the struggle of workers in the 1913 lock-out which marked the 100th anniversary of same. In his speech, Mick points out the similarities between the national media in 1913 and today and their role in promoting the agenda of the establishment. You can read the speech below or watch it here.

I was a member of the Building and Allied Trades' Union, BATU, for many years until there were no more bricks to lay.  In 1913, Dublin was a tough place for many people.  Taking on the power of the State and big business was never easy, and that fact remains true today.  It is interesting to see the role played by the Irish Independent and the Evening Herald back then, both of which were owned by William Martin Murphy, who also owned the Dublin United Tramways Company.  It is difficult to believe that the Lock-out is all of 100 years ago.  How similar things seem today.  The people were railroaded back in 1913 and today we have the ordinary people being made to suffer in the name of austerity and the financial institutions.  In 1913, the print media stood firm behind the status quo and the powers that be, vilifying Jim Larkin and anyone who dared to speak up for the workers.  Larkin was well aware of the role of the print media in colouring opinion and setting the agenda, so much so that he launched his own newspaper, The Irish Worker and People's Advocate, in 1908.  One of the first groups of workers organised by Larkin's union was the newspaper boys, who were largely exploited as a group.  This was a move which ensured a large circulation for Larkin's newspaper, which he knew would be helpful to represent the workers' side.

One hundred years on, we do not have an alternative to the mainstream media which, too often, is still allowed to set the agenda.  The media and the status quo were on the same side in 1913.  Today we see much of the same media act as cheerleaders for the neoliberal agenda imposed on the people at the behest of the EU, ECB and IMF.  They all take care of each other.  Independent News and Media, INM, whose major shareholder is valued in billions, has just been bailed out by the banks to the tune of €160 million, with €60 million of that likely to fall on the taxpayer.  We think our nurses should work for just over €20,000 but it is okay for the taxpayer to part with €60 million for INM.  Likewise, our national television and radio broadcaster does not always show a great appetite for challenging the powers that be.  In return, the Government is careful not to tamper too much with some of the more inflated salaries in that organisation.  "You scratch mine and I'll scratch yours", said the pig to the horse.

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wwwSinn Féin brought its Private Members' Business Motion on the European Stability Mechanism in front of the Dáil on March 22nd. In supporting the motion Mick speaks about mass unemployment across Europe and the consequences of severe austerity measures. Investment has meant job growth in the American market for the past 23 months and Mick calls on the Government to follow their lead. You can watch his speech here.

There is a spectre haunting Europe. It is the spectre of mass unemployment. At the moment, there are 16.9 million unemployed people in the 17 country eurozone and 24.3 million unemployed in the 27 countries. In Spain alone, there are 5.3 million unemployed. In Greece, one in five people are unemployed. There has been a 40% rise in suicide rates in Greece. Austerity is literally killing Europeans. The only solution to the austerity induced unemployment seems to be more austerity. The Germans argue that any loosening of the fiscal purse strings will increase borrowing costs and might panic the bond markets, yet economic stimulus is working in America. There have been 23 consecutive months of job growth in the US. They have created 3.7 million new jobs in the private sector alone over the past two years, yet we are insisting on turning our back on such a measure. The irony is that mass unemployment itself is the biggest barrier to deficit reduction. The best way to cut borrowing levels is to get people back to work and paying taxes. Unlike GDP or inflation, unemployment is the only major economic indicator that measures real human beings rather than growth or prices. Having a job is not just about earning a living and paying taxes. It is about human dignity and self worth. We are looking at serious social consequences, such as financial hardship, emotional stress, depression, loss of morale and status among people, sickness, premature death, crime, disorder and social unrest. There is more to life than the Government’s fiscal package. It is about time it started looking at the big picture. Last week Mick spoke in the Dáil on the Banking Sector Regulation Motion and raised some similar points. You can watch the footage here while the transcript is below. I thought I heard it said here a few months ago that no people would be thrown out of their houses, but perhaps I misheard that. There is no funding available for small and medium-sized businesses. I do not understand how this is. We heard so much about a strategic investment bank, but there is still no sign of it. Patrick Honohan said this month: “A key societal function of banks and other financiers is the gathering and processing of the information necessary to make good loan decisions and to continue monitoring the performance of borrowers, intervening promptly where necessary to protect the sums advanced”. It is clear this did not happen in the boom times and it is clear it is not happening now either. The effectiveness of any financial system relates to how it caters for firms when they are in need and is best evidenced by its capacity to service small firms. There is no logic behind what is going on. It was interesting to hear the suggestion of the British politician Vince Cable this week. He suggested the RBS should be used as a new British investment bank, with a clean balance sheet and a mandate to lend to sound businesses. That would be a great idea here, would it not? We are prepared to use taxpayers’ money to throw at the banks lock, stock and barrel, but we cannot tell them what to do. They tell us they are meeting their lending criteria and guidelines but we know that is not true. Since when did the banks tell us the truth? Most of the banks only moved towards restructuring, not new loans. If people need money from a bank in this country, it is hard to get it but it is easy get it if one does not need it.

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jOn January 25th, Mick asked Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to create employment not just in the South East but in Wexford in particular. With unemployment rates soaring in the county, a lack of a 3rd level institution, high suicide rates, teenage pregnancies and low literacy levels; Mick pressed the Minister to bring employment to Wexford through the IDA. Figures show that in 2007, when the economy was perceived to be healthy, 50% more Wexford people were working outside the county than in it. You can watch the discussion from the Dáil here.

Mick Wallace To ask the Minister for Jobs; Enterprise and Innovation in view of the creation last year of more than 13,000 jobs supported by the Industrial Development Agency and in view of the net gain of 6,114 jobs overall, the number of these jobs that were created in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Richard Bruton In 2011, IDA client companies created more than 13,000 new jobs, up 20% on the previous year’s level of 10,897, increasing the total number of those employed directly in companies supported by the agency to almost 146,000, representing a net increase of more than 6,000. The IDA has informed me that there are 12 IDA Ireland-supported client companies in County Wexford employing 2,060 people. Some 51 new jobs were created in IDA Ireland-supported client companies in Wexford in 2011. The most significant announcement last year came in September when the Taoiseach joined Mr. Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, to celebrate the opening of the new $300 million Coca-Cola manufacturing and innovation facility in Wexford, which will facilitate the creation of 100 new jobs in the coming years. This investment is a vote of confidence in Wexford by a global leader. The past year has been a difficult one for the south east region with significant job losses. The rise in unemployment in the region has been sharper than in the rest of the country. In the wake of the TalkTalk closure, I instructed my agencies to put together an action plan for the south east. The report was published in December 2011 and contains many actions that can help deliver on the ambition of having a stronger local enterprise base, but it can only achieve so much. There are challenges for all agencies in the region to help build up its competitive advantage and promote it in a co-ordinated manner. The south East received a boost earlier this month with the announcement that Eishtec, a Waterford-based company providing consumer contact centre services, is to create 250 new jobs by mid-2012 as part of a major new expansion at its new custom built facility in Cleaboy Business Park. Mick Wallace The situation in the south east is bad, but it is even worse in County Wexford. The creation of 51 jobs out of 14,000 means that, compared with the national average, matters have worsened in the past year. Almost 20,000 people are on the live register in Wexford and it is one of the country’s worst unemployment spots. Two factors help people to get out of difficult circumstances, those being, jobs and education. We are lagging behind dramatically in both respects. This has led to significant social problems. We have some of the highest illiteracy, teenage pregnancy and suicide rates. We have no third level college. The recent cuts in special needs assistants, SNAs, have had a dramatic effect in Wexford, probably more so than in most counties. Cuts to resource teaching for Travellers and to language support teaching have had considerable effects on primary schools. Gorey community school, the largest school in the country, has lost three guidance teachers. The situation is going downhill. What active decisions can the Government take to reverse this trend? Traditionally, places with poor land were poor. The land in Wexford is good, but 50% more Wexford people were working outside the county than in it in 2007. For some strange reason, few jobs have gone to Wexford in the past 20 years. Richard Bruton I accept the Deputy’s comments. For the reasons he has outlined, I have directed the IDA to give a particular priority to the region. It has suffered badly, and not only during the recession. During the good years, the growth in its industrial base did not match the growth in other parts of the country. I have also directed Enterprise Ireland to contact its portfolio of companies intensively and to make a competitive call for feasibility funding for new start-ups targeted specifically at the south east. Some of Enterprise Ireland’s new programmes will be piloted in the south east to give the region the first opportunity. We have sought to build on the research excellences found in Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT, and work with companies to develop them. We are intensively considering what our agencies can do to promote employment growth in the south-east and to support business start-ups. Many of the issues the Deputy raised fall outside my remit. I am acutely aware that, for a long time, the region has sought to upgrade from an institute of technology. I understand that criteria will shortly be published to clarify the requirements for the development of a technological university. The Minister for Education and Skills is clear on there being an opportunity for educational institutions to develop. I acknowledge the Deputy’s remarks and it is a region to which we are giving intensive attention. Mick Wallace The Minister should keep in mind that most of the initiatives to which he has referred are directed towards Waterford. Wexford has a much faster growing population. It is one of the country’s fastest growing populations. Many of the issues I raised are of a social nature and outside the Minister’s remit, but the lack of jobs feeds into them. For example, Gorey community school is the largest school in the country. When I visited it last week, people were worried that students would fall through the net because of the cut to guidance teachers.  The lack of jobs is creating social problems, yet we are cutting the measures to deal with those problems. Given that Wexford has a fast growing population and has already fallen behind, its circumstances will worsen without active intervention on the part of the Government. Richard Bruton This is active intervention. I have already directed the IDA to ensure that 50% of projects should be outside Dublin and Cork. Within that directive, we are placing a spotlight on the south east. While that also includes Waterford, one must consider a region’s strengths and its hub and gateway locations and try to build on what exists. The IDA does not have the power to move jobs around and companies can choose locations. We must consider the region as a whole. I hope our intervention will help the entire region and not just focus on its largest city. We will monitor progress. Peadar Tóibín There are significant regional disparities in the State-aid provided through the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. For example, County Meath has 4% of Ireland’s population but receives 0.3% of IDA funding. In three of the past five years, counties Cavan and Monaghan received no IDA funding. Last year, Meath received two IDA visits in total. My issue relates to Deputy Wallace’s questions. When one approaches these enterprise organisations, one is often told that they find it difficult to get businesses to come to Ireland and that getting them to locate in particular regions is next to impossible. How much is the Government spending on regional offices for the IDA and Enterprise Ireland if, by their own admission, they are irrelevant in terms of directing businesses to the regions? We are funding a regional infrastructure within the State agencies, yet they cannot intervene to direct where the businesses go. Some businesses are operating without making provisions for contingent liabilities such as redundancy pay. Therefore, they are operating in a bankrupt fashion. Either the legislation or the policing of this matter is not working. Will the Minister consider a system whereby businesses must pay a bond, as construction companies did in the past, to ensure those liabilities are covered in the event of company failure?  Richard Bruton Immediate success can be had by IDA Ireland in respect of smaller companies. However, in the case of substantial job announcements, where the company in question is seeking a very deep labour pool, there is, of necessity, a certain restriction in terms of the regions that can offer a good fit. More recently IDA Ireland’s focus has been less on the blue chip companies and more on emerging businesses which are more regionally footloose. It has had success in establishing such projects in regions outside of the core population centres. That approach is working well. It is essential that we have a regional network whereby the agencies can work closely with local authorities and the other players which provide the property solutions and so on. They must be able to work with educational institutions on research and development, for instance, and on identifying the needs of particular companies. It is essential, whether for importing indigenous companies or IDA Ireland companies, that there be a support network which facilitates that level of intelligence. The Deputy is correct that there has been a growing focus within IDA Ireland on winning business overseas rather than concentrating on particular regions. Traditionally, advance factories were the big selling point for the agencies, but that is no longer what companies are seeking. Requirements are changing and IDA Ireland is evolving to meet them.

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kaThe Troika have met with delegations from all parties including one from the Technical Group. Mick was part of the group which met with seven members of the Troika. In a question to Minister Howlin in the Dáil, Mick asked him to clarify the Troika's assertion that the sale of state assets would go towards servicing debt rather than creating employment as the Government has suggested. The Troika stated that they are not interested in a 'fire sale' to raise the money which is effectively what the sale of state assets is. You can watch the Dáil exchange here.

Mick Wallace: Question 48: To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on comments made by officials representing the Troika during its meeting with members of the Technical Group on 17 January last that any money raised from the sale of State assets will be used to service the country’s debt and not for investment in job creation as he has previously stated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Brendan Howlin: The troika views asset disposal as a structural reform measure, intended to improve efficiency and competition in the economy while offering the prospect of reducing overall debt levels. The Government, views asset disposal as offering the potential to release value from State assets for use in employment generating initiatives in the economy, as set out clearly in the programme for Government. Mick Wallace: When colleagues from the Technical Group and I asked representatives of the troika during our recent meeting about the proceeds of sales of State assets, we were told that, as per the bailout programme, the initial plan was that the moneys would go towards repaying the State’s debts. However, they further indicated that if there is potential for the creation of “real” jobs - I am not sure what they meant by this - they may consider some of the money being allocated for that purpose. In principle, there is not much benefit in selling assets at this time given that there is no market for them. The troika said it was not interested in fire sales - which suggests this is more ideologically driven than anything else - and is looking not alone for money but value. Also, it appears to be of the view that the private sector does things better than the public sector. In our most recent discussions, which concluded last week, the troika signalled that in the context of Government pursuing an ambitious programme of asset disposal, it would be prepared to agree to the retention of a sizeable amount of proceeds from such disposal for investment in job creation initiatives in the economy. This remains the policy of the Government. I would like to read into the record a quotation from Dr. Donal Palcic of the Department of Economics, University of Limerick. Michael Kitt: It is not in order for the Deputy to do that. This is Question Time. I again remind the Deputy that he must ask a question of the Minister. Mick Wallace: Does the Minister approve of the sale of State assets and does he believe the private sector does things better than the public sector? Brendan Howlin: There were a number of questions and assertions in Deputy Wallace’s contribution. A programme for Government was negotiated by the two parties in Government, namely, Fine Gael and the Labour Party. People will be aware that both parties have different perspectives in regard to the sale of State assets. However, we entered government in unprecedented economic times. We are in an incredible hole. The unified view of this Government is that we need to grow ourselves out of this terrible mess we inherited from our predecessor government and we need to create jobs. However, we need resources to create jobs and do not domestically have those resources. NewERA, put forward during the last general election by Fine Gael, looks at what happened in the early years of this State when capital was not available for job creation and public capital was used to create the ESB, Bord na Móna, Aer Lingus and so on. We need to have capital for the next generation. The NewERA entity has been established, as has the strategic investment fund. We need to have access to funds to resource these entities to create jobs, which is what we are doing. The previous Government accepted the troika’s view that money had to be used to retire debt simpliciter. We have said “no” to that. It has taken a number of goes at it but we have moved the troika considerably. The word I have used in the response to this parliamentary question is an agreed word with the troika, namely, “sizeable” amounts of money from the sale of State assets can be deployed. Those discussions are ongoing. I can assure the Deputy that there will be no fire sale. We will do what is in the best interests of the economy and jobs. Mick Wallace: Any independent economist would argue that the measures taken by this Government since coming into office have not resulted in jobs. There has been a decline in job numbers. The measures being taken are geared towards rebalancing the books to suit the fiscal arrangements. It is not honest to say that the Government has worked towards job creation. There is no investment and the banks are closed to people wishing to obtain loans. The Minister did not respond to my question in regard to whether he believes the private sector can do things better than the public sector. When will the Minister publish the report of the interdepartmental group which identified State assets and commercial State companies that could be sold and when will he publish the valuations of the NewERA group, both of which were considered by the Economic Management Council of which he is a member? Brendan Howlin: To answer the last question first, the Deputy will forgive me if I allow the Government to consider those reports first. As soon as the deliberative process has been completed, the appropriate documentation will be published. The Deputy is wrong in indicating that we have a fiscal view that is only interested in balancing the budget. The first thing we did was get permission to use €1 billion in a job creating initiative. That is one of the first actions we took on taking up office. We have to balance the books. There is no question about that. Clare Daly: Where are the jobs? Brendan Howlin: Some 9,000 jobs were created last year through that initiative. Clare Daly: How many were lost? Mick Wallace: Some 25,000 jobs were lost. Brendan Howlin: It is easy to be the naysayers and to engage in the Darby O’Gill economics that we do not have to balance the books and can continue to borrow €1.5 billion. Mick Wallace: I did not say that. Brendan Howlin: I do not know who is going to provide us with that money. The only people on earth willing to give us money, at the rates affordable to this State, is the troika, which has laid down hard and tough measures with which we must live. We can tell them, as I heard some of the individuals opposite suggest, to take a hike. If one wished to play Russian roulette with this country and its economy and destroy its economy, that is the sort of take one would have. However, one must be honest with people in this regard. The Government is working towards reducing Ireland’s deficit to 3% by 2015 and has laid out the manner in which this will be done. At the same time, however, it will take innovative job-creating measures. Another jobs strategy will be published shortly by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Clare Daly: Another one. Mick Wallace: Austerity does not create jobs. Brendan Howlin: Moreover, the Pathways to Work programme will be published shortly and will be implemented by the Minister for Social Protection. In addition, I constantly am seeking innovative ways to access capital for sustainable projects to create sustainable jobs, and this is what the Government will continue to do. Clare Daly: No jobs

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