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Friday 22 August 2014

The talking points for Kenny and Burton:

Published 07/07/2014 | 02:30

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Likely to be the most contentious issue.

Joan and Labour want Jobs portfolio, Enda and Fine Gael want Education. Labour wants additional seat at Cabinet.

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Long believed it is a Fine Gael appointment, Labour says it is in the mix for discussion.

Phil Hogan and Mairead McGuinness both mentioned for FG, but Labour has pushed for Eamon Gilmore.

MAIN AREAS OF POLICY:

Budget adjustment now set to be below €1bn, down from stated target of 2bn.

Low Pay Commission – Parties in agreement to establish body to examine minimum wage and related matters.

Second Year of Free Child Care – Labour want to give another year of childcare to hard-pressed young families.

Social Housing – Burton to push for capital building project to build social housing to address shortage.

Income Tax – Both parties agree that relief is needed.

Labour appears to want to increase tax net to help low paid, while FG wants to increase tax bands for middle earners.

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