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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputies Kelly and Jan O'Sullivan.More Button

I am aware the Minister for Finance is fond of reading and the theatre. He might well have looked to Shakespeare’s plays to provide him with a title for his address today. "As You Like It", would...More Button

The White Paper published last Friday reveals a total spend, current and capital, of close to €60 billion. Today we devote a whole day to dissecting plans to add about another €1 billion to this...More Button

This budget is framed by the past and seems set on repeating some of the mistakes. We are now ten years on from the eve of the financial crisis, which started in September 2007 with a run on the...More Button

There is another aspect that is deeply troubling. Never before have I seen such a commercially sensitive tax increase leaked days in advance of the budget. This raises serious questions about t...More Button

The Charles Dickens character, Mr. Micawber, viewed a balanced family budget as defining total happiness while even a trifling deficit was the cause of total misery. A homeowner could be thrille...More Button

I do not cheer a balanced budget as a great virtue at a time when there are such yawning gaps in our nation’s roads, railways and communications, not to mention the blatant failures to meet basic t...More Button

For the second year, this is a calculation on the part of the Government and I hold Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the other people in government equally responsible for it. The Government's logic is ...More Button

A disquieting feature of the budget arithmetic is its in-built reliance on the temporary windfalls that regularly flatter Exchequer returns, notwithstanding the fact that there is no certainty th...More Button

Like many citizens, I was disturbed by the boastful claim of the boss of AIB that his bank would not have any tax liability for decades due to the loss-offset rule that enables companies to reduc...More Button

A group of EU member states, including Germany and France, has indicated support for this measure. We should join them to advance the proposal as a common tax measure. I emphasise that a financ...More Button

I turn to the issue of overseas aid. The Government has decided to seek a seat on the UN Security Council for Ireland in 2021 and has already marshalled a substantial diplomatic effort to achiev...More Button

I questioned the Taoiseach about this matter last week and was disappointed by his tepid response. On the one hand, he proposes to increase substantially Ireland's so-called global footprint by ...More Button

To some extent, every budget is a primarily political statement but this is one of the most nakedly political I have seen since the days of Mr. Charlie McCreevy. Its primary purpose is to keep t...More Button

I turn to rural Ireland and disadvantaged areas in urban Ireland. As Minister for Social Protection during the tenure of the previous Government, I worked very hard to ensure that no post office...More Button

Major employers will not drop in to most parts of rural Ireland. We are dependent for creating social economic structures in rural Ireland to a significant degree on the post office and the develo...More Button

The three gardaí for Stepaside.More Button

Air Quality

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if his Department has commissioned continuous surveys of air pollution levels in Dublin and other cities to monitor the health effects of diesel fuel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button