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Murphy, Catherine

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage

I have a problem with the Title of the Bill on a number of grounds. First, I cannot figure out what piece of property someone owns if they are in negative equity. If a person's income is below a ...More Button

The Title is important. It is wrong to call this a Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Continued)

The local authorities have had their funds dipped into in the past two or three years and there is now a gaping hole. This is a way of substituting for that by making people pay a tax that in many...More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Deputy Halligan for tabling this Private Member's motion. I will focus on the respite care grant. In most cases, it is wrong to represent it as being used for frivolous reasons. Often, t...More Button

There are vast differences in what might be available. For example, elder care services provided in west Dublin and north Kildare cannot be compared. I will use a recent instance as an example....More Button

Getting an old or sick person admitted to hospital has become a new battleground. I dealt with a case of a 90 year old man who suffered post-operative complications. Getting an ambulance for hi...More Button

I echo Deputy Joan Collins's points on the delays in processing carers' claims. They take a ridiculous length of time. Often, people must decide that they cannot care for their elderly relative...More Button

I will turn to the issue of housing adaptation grants, which are administered by local authorities. Their provision depends on each authority's ability to find matching funds. How the local gov...More Button

I wish to address an area in which families' caring needs will increase, namely, where adult services have been withdrawn from young people who have finished their schooling. Recently, I was con...More Button

I will. This development will create new caring needs.More Button

It makes no sense at all. The State must either provide direct support to carers to allow them to provide the necessary care or provide the services itself. As it stands, there is no adequate pr...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

One does not own it.More Button

I support amendment No. 4, which is line with amendments I have tabled dealing with such issues as negative equity and stamp duty. These are issues the Fine Gael Party referred to specifically in ...More Button

One of the observations that is often made regarding Independent Members during elections is that we are not on a par with the parties because the latter put together policies and manifestos sett...More Button

There was certainly an expectation that the plight of home owners in negative equity would be given a high priority by this Government, with solutions rolled out at an early stage. Many of these...More Button

I particularly support the provision in the amendment for account to be taken in assessing the value of a property of any adaptations made to accommodate householders' disabilities. There is a g...More Button

Like other speakers, I have a difficulty with the word "local" in reference to the property tax. We do not have a system of local government in this country but rather a very poor and dysfunctio...More Button

My final point relates to the role of the Revenue Commissioners in collecting the property tax. This will create a monster out of Revenue while lumping an enormous responsibility onto it. There...More Button

One could very easily see queues of people seeking transfers from the Revenue Commissioners. After all, they are people and they will be put on the front line in this case. I believe we will caus...More Button

Child and Family Support Agency Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will outline her proposals in relation to the proposed Child and Family Resource Agency; if she will confirm that resources granted to the new agency will be given on the understanding that ...More Button

Domestic Violence Incidence

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will outline her responsibility in relation to children who require the services of domestic violence shelters; if she will confirm that all domestic violence shelters which cater for childr...More Button

Maternity Benefit Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to his statement following Budget 2013, if it is his intention to reduce entitlement of teachers and special needs assistants to maternity leave-in-lieu arrangements; if it is his intention...More Button