09/04/2009

Other News In Brief

Alliance Formed By Independents

Independents have banded together to form a new alliance to run in the local and European elections. Up to 40 people so far have signed up to the "People Before Profit" alliance, which says the Government has completely failed the people, particularly in this week's Budget. It says the Budget represents a bank robbery carried out on PAYE workers, the poor, the young and parents of small children. It is discussing the need to create a new political alternative which will bring together environmentalists, community, trade unions and leftist activists.

Govt To Scrap National Forum On Europe

It has emerged today that the Government is closing down the National Forum on Europe. Labour is criticising the move, which it learned about in a letter from the Taoiseach to party leader Eamon Gilmore. Spokesperson on European Affairs Joe Costello said it could be a very short-sighted and expensive decision as Ireland faces into another referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Unemployment Link To Rising Crime

Surging unemployment will inevitably lead to an increase in crime, it was warned today. International research has shown a link between the two, especially a hike in burglaries, according to the Crime Victims Helpline. Unemployment stands at a staggering 11%, with economists predicting it could rise to around 14% next year. Maeve Ryan, Crime Victims Helpline service co-ordinator, said people hit by the downturn could turn to criminal behaviour. "Recession and unemployment mean that most people have less money at their disposal," Ms Ryan said.

(DW/JM)

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