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Calleary, Dara

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

Today's budget is an important moment for centre-ground politics. It is an opportunity to continue on a fairer route to how the State delivers services for citizens and it gives working people a m...More Button

The confidence and supply agreement is not a document created by spin doctors. It is directly responsible for a wide range of measures, including: the €5 increase in the pension and working-age ...More Button

These and other measures clearly show that Fianna Fáil's participation in the confidence and supply agreement is delivering for people across the island. Our participation is focused and laser-l...More Button

The Fianna Fáil Party's decision to participate in the confidence and supply arrangement was taken last year against the backdrop of the challenge set for politicians by the people through their ...More Button

It is important to remember that today is not simply about new measures and changes costing approximately €1 billion, it is also about the €60 billion or more the State invests every year. The w...More Button

As Deputy Michael McGrath stated, the key measure in the budget is focused on homelessness and an affordable housing package. I remind the House, not that it needs reminding, that today is World...More Button

The Fine Gael record on building homes is abysmal. Since 2011, the State has built just 4,000 new social houses, fewer than were built in almost every single year from 1994 to 2009 when Fianna F...More Button

The plans must focus on allowing local authorities to once again get back into the business of building homes and release funding for an affordable housing programme. Success will not be counted o...More Button

We need to address the discrimination being experienced as a result of the 2012 changes to the eligibility criteria for the contributory State pension because 35,000 pensioners have had their payme...More Button

Ten years ago a budget measure on diesel cars changed the buying behaviour of the motoring public. Maybe those who championed it at the time do not like to be reminded of it now. Today's tax ch...More Button

A specific Department for rural and community affairs was a key commitment in our 2016 manifesto. We welcome the Government's belated approach to setting up this Department. This is the first b...More Button

Is duais chultúrtha í ár dteanga náisiúnta. Tá acmhainní breise ag teastáil don straitéis 20 bliain chun é a chur i bhfeidhm ina hiomláine. Mar gheall ar an gcomhaontú muiníne agus soláthair id...More Button

The success of the 1916 commemoration programme last year was fantastic and it showed the importance of arts and culture to our Republic. That success has faded and we need an honest conversatio...More Button

Members of An Garda Síochána are the backbone of the safety and security of our State. They perform the most important duty of upholding the law and keeping our citizens safe. The scandals and ...More Button

The ongoing recruitment in our Defence Forces is welcome but is in danger of masking the serious morale and condition problems that are afflicting all arms of our Defence Forces. Our Army, Air C...More Button

Of all sectors, agriculture is most acutely exposed to Brexit. Farmers across the country are in trepidation of what may come and of a lackadaisical approach on the part of Government to that ch...More Button

The year 2018 must also bring a fair and sustainable resolution to difficulties facing our community post office network. This has been dragging on for far too long and it is time to act. There...More Button

Brexit has also had unforeseen impacts on public service broadcasting as a consequence of significant curtailment in advertising from UK based companies. This is impacting on RTÉ and on independ...More Button

The budget is a warm-up act for the forthcoming capital plan which will be published before the end of the year. The transport priorities within that plan must address the transport deficiencies...More Button

In this budget we have secured an additional €80 million as well as a local improvement scheme, LIS, package. However, again the impact of these schemes is being undermined by inconsistent applica...More Button

This is probably the first budget that has been eclipsed by sport. I am realistic enough to know that more people are talking about Ireland's great win last night than are talking about today's ...More Button

The Government's record on capital is the same as its record on housing and health - a lot of reports and no substance. It has outlined a series of pathways in terms of public private partnershi...More Button

This is the second budget produced under confidence and supply agreement. There are as many commentators on politics and on this budget as there were on last night's game. To some of them polit...More Button

Fianna Fáil believes in acting on that aim and not just talking about it. This budget is by no means perfect, but it is much stronger, much fairer and much more ambitious for our island than it ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 1: Tobacco Products Tax

We will, of course, support this proposal but it is important that the Government invests heavily in our customs infrastructure to ensure tobacco smuggling does not increase as a result of this mea...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Stamp Duties (Continued)

There is an irony that the Minister is the person introducing this legislation. He was a lone voice in the wilderness of the noughties warning against dependence on stamp duty for Government reven...More Button

The Minister mentioned that transitional arrangements will be put in place for the Finance Bill. Will those transitional arrangements affect purchasers who have exchanged contracts but have not ...More Button

With regard to Deputy Fitzmaurice's amendment, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Creed, told his departmental post-budget press conference this evening that this measure d...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Intangible Assets

Again, I will put the same question I put about stamp duty. There is €150 million allocated against this measure for next year. Is there absolute certainty with the forecasting model used by the ...More Button

The Coffey report was a welcome addition to our debate on corporation taxation. It is again important that on budget day we reiterate our commitment to maintaining that taxation rate in view of ...More Button

Can the Minister stand over the projected €150 million figure? What are the Government's views of Seamus Coffey's remarks about the potential threat to our economy from changes to CCCTB?More Button

Occupational Therapy

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that occupational therapists in County Mayo are not carrying out risk assessments on pre-school-going children with special needs under the newly introdu...More Button

Occupational Therapy Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can expect to have their next occupational therapy appointment; his views on whether it is unfair that this person has had no appointment since Febru...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is now being asked to apply for the renewal of their card under regular regulations; the reason their card has not automatically been renewed u...More Button

National Youth Work Advisory Committee

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the reason the national youth advisory body has not been properly constituted; her plans for same; the position regarding the involvement of the voluntary youth sector in the work of her Department...More Button

Youth Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: when a grant application by an organisation (details supplied) will be decided upon.More Button

Departmental Schemes

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: if he will reintroduce the funding scheme that was previously available to support the installation of three-phase electricity for rural businesses; and the supports available for a business seekin...More Button