Lawless Condemns Exorbitant Variable Mortgage Rates at Ard Fheis

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

At the party’s Ard Fheis last weekend which took place in the RDS, Dublin, Cllr James Lawless spoke on the motion condemning the high interest rates charged by Irish banks on variable rate mortgages. These particular mortgages attract rates up to 2% higher than the average across the eurozone where interest rates are now at all time lows. Cllr Lawless, together with party finance spokesperson Michael McGrath TD, have condemned this practice and will be putting pressure on banks and the Government to address this anomaly which is costing families up to €6,000 extra in interest per annum compared to similar sized tracker mortgages. Below is a copy of Cllr Lawless’ speech.

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Budget Shows Government Out Of Touch with Young People

Robert Power, Naas area rep and candidate for 2014 local elections.

Naas Fianna Fáil representative and 2014 local election candidate Rob Power has labelled last week’s budget as an attack on young people. He claims that the government seem to be convinced that young people would rather sit idle than get a job.

Trying to defend the €80 cut in dole payments to under 25’s last week Eamon Gilmore said “the place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flat screen TV. That was a disgraceful comment to make and goes to show how out of touch this government is with young people today” said Power.

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High Court Rules Government Tender Processes Illegal

James Lawless (right) with John O’Brien from EMC Copiers

A country wide group of small businesses, including Kildare managed Copier Supplier EMS Copiers, have successfully taken legal action against the government for effectively changing the basic terms and conditions of a public tender after it had been agreed.

The group instructed James Wall Solicitors based in Clane to challenge the position adopted by the State. James Wall stated “The case was fully defended at great expense but the High Court agreed with the applicant companies’ position which was that the Minister had no entitlement to interfere with the procedure after it had concluded and as a result rule out the possibility of local businesses doing business with other local businesses. The Court held that any interference was unlawful and therefore ineffective”.

That ruling is binding on the government but the State has not yet taken any positive action to implement the decision.

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Tribute from FF Leader on Death of Former Kildare TD Paddy Power

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his condolences on the death of former Kildare TD Paddy Power who passed away on 14 August 2013.

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former Fianna Fáil TD Paddy Power. He served the people of Kildare with distinction in the Dáil for 20 years and also served as a member of the European Parliament in the late seventies before his son Sean took up that mantle and continued that tradition of public service.”

“Paddy was a very astute politician and was appointed a Minister on three separate occasions. He had a long and successful career in politics and represented the people of Kildare very well over that time. On behalf of myself and the Fianna Fáil party I would like to extend my sympathies to Paddy’s wife Kitty and their ten children. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

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