Two Limerick councillors and former TD in hunt for Seanad seat

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsTwo Limerick councillors and former TD in hunt for Seanad seatBy Staff Reporter – March 11, 2016 752 Previous articleGardai investigating circumstances of fatal Limerick road traffic crashNext articleLimerick politician calls for Ministerial intervention over Dublin airport advertising blitz Staff Reporter Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashcenter_img Facebook TAGSJohn SheahanKieran O’DonnelllimerickMaria ByrneSeanad WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Cllr Maria ByrneLIMERICK Fine Gael councillors Maria Byrne and John Sheahan are seeking election for Seanad seats it has emerged this week.Ms Byrne has been nominated for the Agricultural Panel by the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation, it is understood.Following the closure of nominations next week, the campaign will take nominees around the country to seek support.Familiar with running a Seanad seat campaign, Cllr Byrne narrowly missed out on a 2007 seat when she lost by a single vote.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2011, the Fine gael cllr did not seek the nomination as she was the sitting Mayor for Limerick.A notice posted on the gates of Leinster House as the 32nd Dail sat for its first session revealed that Cllr John Sheahan was seeking also Seanad seat.In 2011, the Newcastle West councillor contested both the General Election for the newly-formed North Kerry Limerick West constituency, where he polled more than 6,200 first preferences, as well as the Seanad election.Voting is by postal ballot and the count will take place at the end of April.Former Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell who was defeated in the most recent General Election was this week put forward by the Limerick branch for consideration at a national committee meeting after all nominations are [email protected] Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisementlast_img read more

Will the euro really hurt UK jobs market?

first_imgWhat can people at work expect from Tony Blair’s second government? Muchdepends on the chosen agendas of the restructured Whitehall departments, plusthe implications of extending public-private partnerships. But the single European currency looks set to be a recurrent theme. A euroreferendum by the end of 2003 is a strong bet, despite Gordon Brown’s caution.And once normal politics gives way to alliances of those for and against euromembership, arguments will abound about the consequences for UK jobs. So howshould one decide whether the euro can pass the jobs test? Euro membership will change the institutions that regulate overall demand inthe economy. This will not directly influence the number of jobs consistentwith meeting the Government’s inflation target – which is determined by howwell the labour market works. Ditching the pound could have an indirect impact on this sustainableemployment rate if UK employers were hit by more regulation from Brussels. Butthe UK is subject to Social Europe legislation whatever happens to the pound.And anyway, the common notion that EU directives are inevitably harmful to UKjobs is simplistic. The same goes for the constant refrain that “3 million UK jobs dependon EU trade”. This is true, but it is highly unlikely that saying”no” to the euro would reduce the existing volume of trade withEurope. Moreover, even if jobs were lost by standing aside from the euro,keeping the pound would leave the Bank of England free to cut interest rates inline with slacker conditions in the jobs market, thereby boosting demand forworkers. The real jobs test, therefore, relates to the effect of euro membership onfluctuations in employment around the sustainable rate. Locking the pound tothe euro should mean more job stability since the economy would no longersuffer the harmful consequences of currency gyrations against the eurozonecountries. But this holds only if the “one-size-fits all” interest rate setfor the eurozone by the European Central Bank is right for UK conditions. Ifnot, the onus would fall on changes in taxation, public spending and borrowingto avoid boom or bust whenever the economy is knocked off course. Given thatsuch fiscal fine-tuning is far from easy, the euro could make employment more unstable.Most economists agree that joining the euro at the current exchange ratewould cause major stability problems and place UK exporters at a severecompetitive disadvantage. The eventual fall-out would dwarf the 350,000manufacturing jobs lost in the past three years because of the strength of thepound relative to the euro. So whatever the power of the ideological case for or against membership, theeuro will not pass the jobs test until the practicalities of achieving safeentry at a sensible rate have been properly dealt with. By John Philpott, Chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Will the euro really hurt UK jobs market?On 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more