I was wondering if your party would hold a position on whether TD's salaries should be index linked to Government revenue i.e. if gov revenue was to increase it would lead to an increase in TD's salaries however if gov revenue fell then salaries would fall too. This could be linked to a specific revenue source e.g. income tax receipts.
This would help avoid any grand standing on the level of TD's salaries and also avoid it being used as a political football, as good returns would see rewards and poor returns would see a fall on pay.
I would be interested to know what you think
Question from Sean O Cathain Thu, 29/11/2012 - 14:29
What is your policy position, in advance of the Property Tax , regarding those that paid high levels of stamp duty 2004-2009? I appreciate you are now saying that we shouldn't introduce a Property tax now which i agree with but your party bears a huge responsibility for the current introduction - it is coming in & you will be associated with the cause of it - therefore people like me that paid stamp duty during that period need to hear your views.
In light of the proposed further cuts to child benefit and the disproportionate impact of the economic policies on women pursued since the beginning of the current economic crisis (see the National Women's Council of Ireland's recent research http://www.nwci.ie/news/2012/10/08/bearing-the-brunt-women-and-the-recession/), I would like to know whether you will be supporting the implementation of equality budgeting? (see http://www.facebook.com/EqualityBudgetingCampaign).
Question from Jason O'Connor Thu, 18/10/2012 - 17:08
The primary reason given to justify bailing out the banks was that, if the banks were to close, no-one would be able to access their money, ATMs would cease to work, people would not get paid etc etc.
In other words, the flow of money would stop. Would it not then make sense for the state to take control of the flow of money, in order for the citizens to be able to access their money if (and likely when) banks fail in the future?
For example, Eirgrid controls the electric networks , and Bord Gais Networks does the same for the gas, allowing for 3rd party providers to use the distribution networks which are under control of the state. The same can be done regarding our money.
The idea is that the state would simply provide a current account for its citizens, and savings and loans services would be provided by 3rd parties. The means to do this already exists in An Post, where in the past there was the Post Bank service, and now it provides services on behalf of AIB.
If this was in place, 3rd party lenders/saving institutions could fail, yet the all-important flow of money would be safe-guarded, thus leaving Ireland able to carry on, and not crippled by debt from bailing out banks.
Is this something you would be interested in seeing implemented? If not, why not?