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McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

What about the widows?More Button

Good man.More Button

I too would like to speak on the budget, so I am disappointed that there is no senior Minister here. I mean no disrespect to the Minister of State, who is a good worker. I will ask him a direct q...More Button

It was a do-nothing budget that contained little. It was like the shower of snow which would fall on the Galtee Mountains and which would be gone after five minutes. There is a little skift for...More Button

There are many areas to discuss. We mentioned the 1.8 million people who are now working. They are paying way more tax - I believe it is 60% more tax - than 2.5 million people were paying some ...More Button

As I said, nothing was really done in this budget to tackle the housing crisis. Nothing meaningful was done. Another quango was set up - another agency to go between NAMA, which should never ha...More Button

We have seen the Coffey report and the importance of corporation tax. I say to any of the politicians on the left who wish to scrap the corporation tax rate that we must keep it. We get a fortu...More Button

I welcome the maintenance of the tourism VAT rate. I also welcome the small breakthrough for charities. We lobbied hard for it in the budget. Deputy Harty lobbied the Minister, Deputy Donohoe,...More Button

Nothing has really been done on Brexit. There will be a €300 million loan fund for small businesses that may be affected. It is a little but it will be hard to access those loans under the rule...More Button

While they are not enough, I also welcome the cuts to prescription fees. I welcome the situation with regard to the telephone allowance. It is also not enough but it is a start to the restorati...More Button

More money was poured into the HSE today. It is going into a big black hole - a morass. We see fewer and fewer outcomes. It is happening every year. We have gone from €12 billion a few years ...More Button

As I said, there are many more areas to discuss. I have looked for a land tax to be introduced in several budgets. There is a situation in my own county of Tipperary where a horsing conglomerat...More Button

The Deputy from Roscommon, Deputy Fitzmaurice, has tabled an amendment tonight on the increase on the 2% tax for people buying small amounts of land in their neighbourhood. These people cannot a...More Button

It would have brought in a lot of money but the Government is not interested in that either. There are many things it is not interested in that it could have done. I welcome that the pupil-teache...More Button

The mental health forum has described the budget as hugely disappointing. The European anti-poverty agency is shocked by it. The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, ICMSA, said it did no...More Button

The Government has done absolutely nothing for mental health. All the Deputies are wearing badges today, and I am sorry I do not have one, but it is a token. What are we doing for the people wh...More Button

There is scant recognition, although we are talking about an Ireland of opportunities. As I told the Taoiseach the other morning during the statements of sympathy on the death of the late Mr. Li...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy Catherine Byrne, is working in a very difficult area, the drugs area. We are not doing anything really meaningful to tackle the problem. The education area again i...More Button

Where is the Government's moral compass? The Government must not have one because if it did, it would not be talking about giving the man who gets up early a euro. It is an insult. I would not...More Button

Why could we not be imaginative? What is the big deal with balancing the books all of a sudden? Many of us cannot balance our books, but we have managed to survive a long time in business altho...More Button

It is not all happening inside the Pale. As I said, the three major investments today were all inside the Pale. Perhaps one of them got as far as the Ceann Comhairle's constituency or part of i...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 1: Tobacco Products Tax (Continued)

I am glad to speak on this resolution and I will support it. I realise it is difficult for people who need the fix of a cigarette and are addicted to smoking. I do not know how they manage given ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Stamp Duties (Continued)

Further to what Deputy Calleary said, I am also concerned about reliance on stamp duty slipping back in here again. We saw how it was very fruitful for a long time in the crazy times. When transa...More Button

It is proposed to be effective from tonight. I want a kind of sunset clause, a waiting time. I will see if Deputy Fitzmaurice does as well with his next amendment More Button

As was said during the debate on the Budget Statement, I do not know why the Minister is afraid to tax some sacred cows. Here we are with an imponderable - a case of dúirt bean liom go ndúirt be...More Button

I had this in my submission for the past number of years. Why did the Government not impose a land tax on landholders who are acquiring thousands upon thousands of acres? In my county a certain...More Button

I will, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle.More Button

Here is a cash-rich sacred cow that the Government refuses to touch. It could be done on the basis of acres above the limit. It would not stifle anyone buying commercial premises to develop for...More Button

We are back to the old landlord days where people can amass up to 15,000 acres of land with no small farmer and no community. No football or hurling team will be fielded. No schools will be fille...More Button

Will the Minister clarify that?More Button

Imports Data

Asked the Taoiseach: the amount of timber being imported.More Button

NAMA Portfolio

Asked the Minister for Finance: the housing and commercial properties in the possession of NAMA in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to address the funding concerns of a society (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Children's Hospital Status

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress on the construction of the national children's hospital, including changes to the overall cost estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button