Finance Minister

  • The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has criticised the Finance Minister for communicating over the airwaves - rather than meeting them in person.

    The body's responded to Paschal Donohoe, who expressed his disappointment with its decision to ballot for industrial action.

    The INMO has highlighted concerns about understaffing and safety in the health service and wants a 12 per cent pay rise for nurses, which is expected to cost 300 million euro.

    However, the group insists that figure is being exaggerated  by the Department of Finance.

    It says it remains open to meeting Paschal Donohoe.

  • The Finance Minister has said he would contemplate bringing back the SSIA, 17 years after it was first introduced.

    The Special Saving Incentive Account gave taxpayers a euro back for every four they saved.

    The Governor of the Central Bank has proposed introducing something similar, but only if the economy continues to grow rapidly.

    Speaking at Fine Gael's think-in in Galway, Paschal Donohoe said SSIAs would need to be carefully regulated but he will consider them