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Broughan, Thomas P.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak on budget 2018. In my own pre-budget submission, which I sent to the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, last week, I highlighted the need for investment, in ...More Button

I also noted the glum faces of the Independent Alliance Deputies and Ministers. It is clear they were shafted by the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach in this budget. The Minister of State...More Button

In my personal submission to the Minister last week, I urged him to support major new investment in public transport for Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. I also reminded the Ministe...More Button

Before looking at other key budget 2018 measures, I would like to acknowledge the work of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight and the new Parliamentary Budget Office, whose staff are led, respec...More Button

Budget 2018, as many citizens are noting, is a lost opportunity from a Taoiseach who spoke about an Ireland of opportunities. The Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance could have done much more...More Button

We ourselves set the famous medium-term objective to which the Minister keeps referring, that is, the structural balance of minus 0.5% of GDP - it is we who have set this rod to beat our own back...More Button

At the end of August, 3,048 children were homeless. This figure does not include the children living in temporary domestic violence refuges. The Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2016 showed ...More Button

Everybody understands the necessity for Ireland to emulate countries like Norway and the Gulf states with a sovereign wealth fund. Given that in this city and in this State tonight there are som...More Button

There are a few welcome developments in the budget for housing, planning and local government, but the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, included the capital spend in the overall capital provision of €1....More Button

Home Building Finance Ireland, HBFI, seems to be a very poor response to the many calls for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to establish a State developer of housing or a ...More Button

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Independent Alliance have not changed their tune at all in their support for private developers and landlords. The dismally slow provision of social and affordable...More Button

I referred earlier to the health and disability budget and the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, spoke of an additional €685 million, including 2017 carryover expenditure. I welcome the allocation of €5...More Button

With regard to fully implementing A Vision for Change, and I am aware that the Ceann Comhairle has taken some good initiatives around this during the Dáil recess, addressing the poor level of ser...More Button

Along with my colleagues beside me in the Chamber, I have highlighted several times in the House the injustice done to the staffs of section 39 organisations. I held a briefing in Dáil Éireann f...More Button

The Minister for Finance seemed delighted that the current and capital education budget had reached the €10 billion mark. Current spending, however, is still just in excess of €9 billion. My of...More Button

I also continue to support the equal pay for equal work campaign for younger teachers. The cut in the staffing ratio to 26:1 is welcome but the 545 extra teachers and 1,000 extra SNAs announced ...More Button

I urged the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, to increase the national training fund levy from 0.7% to 1% for 2018, and in 2019 and 2020, which would raise €200 million in funding for third l...More Button

Turning to the social protection budget, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Deputy Regina Doherty, was also supposed to be battling away - like the Minister of State, Depu...More Button

I had hoped that budget 2018 would include a well-documented and costed gender equality analysis. I am not sure if the Ceann Comhairle has seen any kind of gender equality analysis in all of the...More Button

We asked for an increase in the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance and generally in further supports for children. A critical age equality issue is the discrimination against young m...More Button

Any citizen who has read the Coffey report on corporation tax and followed the recent speeches of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French President Macron knows that widening the tax ...More Button

I welcome the move to defer a revaluation of local property tax from 2019 and believe that should still consider a site-value tax. The economist David McWilliams has proposed the very interestin...More Button

The continuation of the 9% rate of VAT in the hospitality sector is not justified, especially in the Dublin region. We must start to equalise duty on diesel with that on petrol. Even though I d...More Button

In conclusion, the budget is very disappointing. It is a missed opportunity and could have made much greater resources available for housing and health. It is a particularly sad day for the Ind...More Button

Tribunals of Inquiry Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 122 of 20 September 2017, the parties that received reimbursement under the section reimbursements to the State Claims Agency in respect of third-party claims,...More Button

English Language Training Organisations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the process for English language schools to become accredited by the Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services, ACELS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services, ACELS, is currently taking new applications for accreditation from English language schools; if his attention has been drawn to t...More Button

Hare Coursing

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the number of hares coursed in 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the number of staff assigned to monitor hare coursing in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Autism Support Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the waiting list times for occupational therapists assessments in the regional autism services, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will be seeking more funding for autism services in Budget 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the average waiting time for children on the autism spectrum looking to access preschool services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Animal Welfare

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of calls to his Department's animal welfare helpline in 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of prosecutions under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, in 2016 and to date in 2017; the number of prosecution files being processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of convictions under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by district; the number of prosecution files being processed; and if h...More Button

Animal Slaughtering Data

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of horses slaughtered for human consumption in 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the number of approved equine slaughter establishments in 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by county; an...More Button

Fur Farming

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of inspections of mink fur farms in each year since 2012; the number of scheduled inspections; the number of unannounced inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the position regarding the 2017 ministerial committee on road safety meetings; the priorities for his Department for the autumn and winter term in this regard; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Road Traffic Legislation

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the status of the Road Traffic (Drink Driving - Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2017; when he expects this legislation to be brought before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the position regarding the regular multi-agency criminal justice, FCPS, working group with the Department of Justice and Equality; the status of this group and the implementation of the recommendat...More Button

Local Authority Management

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if the corporate policy groups and strategic policy committees guidelines for the establishment and operation issued by his Department in June 2014 under section 133 of the Local Government Act 200...More Button