Did You Know?
- Nearly 9,000 people were sent to prison in Ireland last year for non-payment of fines. This includes more than 2,000 women; a massive increase on the 159 women sent to prison for this ‘offence’ in 2007. More than 400 were also sent to jail for not paying a TV licence that finances 83 staff at RTE on 100,000 euro plus salaries. In contrast, not one banker or politician was sent to jail for destroying the country. Jail the Bankers, not the Poor!
- Joan Burton and seven other current and former Labour ministers – Brendan Howlin, Jan O Sullivan, Alex White, Alan Kelly, Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore- are sitting on pension pots worth 2.5 million each. On stepping down or failing to be elected, Burton will also enjoy a tax-free lump sum of 130,000 on top of her pension fund of 2.569 million. Labour’s many victims of austerity are expected to pay for all this. These bloodsuckers should be sent packing without a penny more!
- Dail records for 2013 showed 45 TDs, nearly one-third of TDs, are landlords! No wonder this government does nothing to improve tenants rights in the private rental sector, bring in rent controls, lift the rent allowance cap or build enough social housing. However they do want landlords to collect their tenants’ water charges. FG and Labour has also privatised housing provision, condemning 75,000 households on the social housing list to the mercy of greedy landlords, rent hikes and homelessness. Housing for all is a basic human right!