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Murphy, Catherine

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

I am sharing time with Deputies Eamon Ryan and Seamus Healy.More Button

This Government does a lot of talking about opportunities. Today was an opportunity for bold and brave vision, and an opportunity to take Ireland on a new path. However, today the Government de...More Button

Before I get into any of the specifics, it is incumbent on me to once again raise the issue of our debt burden. It is the fourth largest debt burden in the OECD and the cost of servicing it runs...More Button

Once again, we were regaled with tales of the rainy day fund, this thing that has been mooted for the past number of years as if it actually exists. The reality is that, even after today's budge...More Button

The same can be said of many of our other public services. The Minister flamboyantly spoke about what he called "the continued delivery of sustainable and high quality public services". I am cu...More Button

It is about spending now to save later. I asked Department of Finance officials at the Committee of Public Accounts recently how much it would cost us in hard cash for missing our climate target...More Button

There are many things to be lauded in our education system, but we need to continue to invest in it. There is much talk about free education but families in late August and early September will ...More Button

The political hot potato is obviously the housing system, although listening to the Minister's speech today one would be forgiven for thinking that housing does not actually count as a public ser...More Button

Affordable housing is a public good and must be seen as one. The focus has got to shift because, essentially, it is now seen as almost a private sector endeavour. We were told earlier today that ...More Button

Most of the measures listed in the Budget Statement refer to plans for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Where is the urgency or the sense of priority for the 3,000 children in emergency accommodation? We m...More Button

It also poses a significant difficulty for people who are just above the thresholds where they qualify for HAP and it puts another group in peril. It is an expensive short-term measure for the S...More Button

Similarly, the vacant site levy will not actually kick in until 2019. The amount of the levy is way below the level of land inflation and, accordingly, it represents a carrot but not much of a s...More Button

I welcome the increases in stamp duty on commercial property transactions. However, how much tax will be realised? Critically, if it is not realised, what services are at risk? Crucially, ther...More Button

I am genuinely disappointed that the measures announced today will not even scrape the edge of the housing emergency. Rebuilding Ireland has many good points to it and is a good plan. There is ...More Button

What of the proud statements on the corporate tax rate? The Minister stated our corporate tax system is recognised as one of the most transparent internationally. However, last month's Governme...More Button

There were great announcements to abolish the universal social charge during the general election. This was a big lie and one of the most dishonest statements presented during the general electi...More Button

I will not forget the so-called "game changer", which never features anywhere, namely, the Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide debts and promissory notes. We were told there would be retroacti...More Button

There is the issue of spending now to save later. We are on the hook for €600 million in fines for not complying with our climate change targets. What is wrong with a good scheme for retrofitti...More Button

The most significant point of today's budget is the small print measure which shows €5 million will be allocated to the strategic communications unit for the Department of the Taoiseach. It is s...More Button

There was a real opportunity to do things differently. Instead of looking at short-term, year-by-year budgeting, the Minister should have considered what the outcome would be in five, ten or 20 ye...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Stamp Duties (Continued)

The proposal is reasonably sensible and we will support it. I have a number of questions. I am also confused about the land. In his contribution, the Minister may well have said something about ...More Button

Regarding Deputy Fitzmaurice's amendment, if agricultural land is included, what costs are included? What are the estimates in that regard?More Button

We all know there is a housing crisis and we need to increase supply. Affordable housing is part of that. The Government is relying almost exclusively on the private sector to supply that. Is ...More Button

VAT Rate Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 22 February 2017, the status of his consultations with other Member States in advance of the publication of the proposal regarding the reform of VAT rate...More Button

Telecommunications Infrastructure

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if the planning permissions for communication masts on sites need to be regularised to comply with planning regulations in instances in which a Garda station has been closed; the number of Garda co...More Button

Garda Stations

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 4 October 2017, what companies are subletting a space or fixing to a Garda telecom mast and their location by Garda station, in tabular form. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 4 October 2017, the location in which the income from rental space on telecoms masts is lodged to; if An Garda Síochána keeps the income; if he is satisf...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will publish the terms of reference for the interim reports and final report regarding the reopening of six Garda stations on a pilot basis; the length of time the stations will be reopened a...More Button

Education Grants

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the financial supports available to parents who wish to send their children to Gaeltacht areas (details supplied) over the summer months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to reinstate or introduce a grant aid payment to families who wish to send their children to Gaeltacht areas (details supplied) in 2018 and beyond; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the amount of money saved on an annual basis in each of the past three years from substitutable days not being covered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if additional persons have been added to the list since Caranua was established over and above those identified in the Quirke report; if so, the number; the criteria used; the years in which this o...More Button

Departmental Reviews

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: further to Parliamentary Question No. 172 of 16 September 2016, the progress to date on the Murray review of the law on surveillance of journalists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the number of staff in her Department and agencies under her aegis who were paid salaries between €80,000 and €100,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, by job title, amount, name of organisation or institut...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the number of staff in her Department and agencies under her aegis who were paid salaries over €100,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, by job title, amount, name of organisation or institution, in tabular...More Button

Mobile Telephony Services

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the number of investigations under way that fall under breaches of the Wireless and Telegraphy Acts that relate to poor mobile phone coverage and or poor or reduced broadband speeds; and if he will...More Button

Airlines Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he has issued an instruction to the Commission for Aviation Regulation to liaise with the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK in respect of a Europe-wide issue with a company (details supplied); ...More Button

Public Services Card

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the position regarding the public services card in the context of persons that have undergone or are undergoing gender transitioning; the way in which the card complies with the Gender Recognition ...More Button