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Doherty, Pearse

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

This time last year I spoke about a missed opportunity. I spoke about how the budget should be judged on its impact on families living in hotels and patients on hospital trolleys. Now, a year on,...More Button

The Government, with Fianna Fáil’s support, cut in excess of €500 million in taxes in that budget. It has the audacity to come back in here this year and propose more of the same while our citiz...More Button

At the centre of this budget is the lie that we can fix the health and housing crises while at the same time cutting people's taxes. Those who support this budget know it is a lie - the same lie...More Button

However, did the Minister ever ask what his version of balancing the books means for the child who hears their mother locked in the bathroom of their hotel room crying night after night because s...More Button

Unfortunately, the only conclusion we can reach is that the Minister simply does not get it. He does not get what it is like to have to wait and wait to access hospital services while suffering ...More Button

This is a budget that tolerates and normalises mass homelessness of children and older people. It normalises our crumbling health services. The people deserve better than that. Sinn Féin will ...More Button

The need to be seen to cut taxes means this budget amounts to too little spread too thinly for the services our people use every day of their lives. However, the Minister managed to find a few b...More Button

The Government plans to increase capital expenditure on public transport by a measly €9.6 million. We have argued for €170 million on public roads and transport this year - 17 times more than th...More Button

The Minister spent his entire energy on negotiating tax cuts, and the health, housing and other needs of the population must make do with whatever is left over. The result is that in 12 months w...More Button

The answer is what is happening today. It is because the Minister has decided to prioritise other areas. He has no new targets to deliver extra homes. With a €1.2 billion package, it is unbeliev...More Button

Níl le déanamh againn ach sracfhéachaint a thabhairt ar na beartais cánachais atá sa bhuiséad chun an gné lochtach de a fheiceáil. Níl plean ar bith anseo. Níl ann ach buiseád a bhí curtha le c...More Button

I congratulate both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on winning the battle over which tax cuts to make. Two tax-cutting parties cannot decide which way to cut taxes so they have cut them twice. What a...More Button

In this package of personal tax measures worth €335 million, the major benefits will go to those on incomes that are much higher than average. To put it in context, particularly for those who wa...More Button

If there is one thing a budget can do, it is that it can really physically shape the country in which we live and set out a vision for its infrastructure. It is a challenge to have the foresight...More Button

The Minister talks about Brexit. He launches the odd scheme here and there but he misses the big picture. The Minister said he is up for taking us on a journey. It is a journey on which he is ...More Button

As we all know, not just Brexit but also changes in how the United States faces out to the world and how the EU manages its affairs are coming. These things are largely beyond our control. This...More Button

For every €1 in tax cuts, up to €4 could have been spent on capital investment and this would have been smoothed out over the coming years. It is a shocking use of the limited space we had in th...More Button

Let us look at what the Minister has announced in the area of health and compare it with the reality of what is needed. From the budget document we see that €646 million of this year's increase ...More Button

This Government, along with its backers in Fianna Fáil, has chosen to leave our health system short of the money that is needed to stand still. That is why we have such a number of patients on t...More Button

The Minister and his Government do not understand the gap between where our health system is and where it could be. Every day, rights are being violated because of the underfunding of our health s...More Button

Under our proposals, the disability allowance would have been increased by €6 while the needs of people with disabilities in education and housing would also be addressed.More Button

I am sure the Minister is aware today is World Mental Health Day. Thankfully, in recent years, there has been a sea change in our attitudes as a society towards mental health. Unfortunately, th...More Button

Young people with mental health issues are suffering at the hands of severe underfunding. They are among our most vulnerable citizens yet we do not protect them or respect their rights. Current...More Button

We have to do better. Tá bealach níos fearr de dhíth. Caithfear freastal ar riachtanais an phobail i dtaca le meabhairshláinte. This is about real people and real lives, not a political game, ...More Button

Deputy McDonald previously raised with the former Taoiseach the case of Ryan Dempsey, having met his family. A young man, just 22, he died alone in a ward off the accident and emergency departme...More Button

Ryan and others were failed by a system which is not fit for purpose due to decades of neglect and underfunding. CAMHS in places like Cork has turned away children who have expressed suicidal th...More Button

Sinn Féin's alternative budget provided for an additional €51.23 million investment in mental health services and care. We identified several areas where additional funding is urgently needed. ...More Button

Today is not just budget day but also World Homeless Day. I do not know if the Minister was aware of this when he announced his housing budget for next year. The Government has €1.2 billion at ...More Button

Where is the vacant home tax? It did not materialise as it is not one of the Government's priorities. Current estimates indicate that houses in developments benefitting from this scheme, such a...More Button

This is the proof that the Government has given up on our banks doing their job in the economy. It is an amount that tells us the Government has no intention of eradicating homelessness in this ...More Button

Today we learned of a new plan for NAMA to deliver housing. It was new to the Government but one for which we have been calling for years. Sinn Féin even has legislation in the Seanad to make N...More Button

None of the plans already announced is working. The Government has plan after plan, announcement after announcement, but the housing crisis is getting worse. Every section of the housing market...More Button

The Government's solution to this is to bring back bed-sits. It is looking back for an easy option instead of developing progressive solutions. Local authorities have been starved of the centra...More Button

There is not enough building going on. The flawed statistics presented by the Government do not accurately reflect the number of new builds coming on stream. Vacant houses blight our city centres...More Button

In some ways, the answer is easy - build more houses. That has not been sufficiently done because Fine Gael does not believe in building social housing. There is no other explanation. The Stat...More Button

The State continues to be decades behind other countries in how it values, finances and legislates for early years education and care. It is currently spending little more than 0.1% on early yea...More Button

I do not know if the Minister is aware that thousands of third level students last week took to the streets to demand investment and reject a student loans system. They were not marching for the...More Button

Child care and education are not the only issues that young families needed to be addressed in the budget that were not. This is a young country, yet the young gain less when taxes are cuts and ...More Button

Discrimination is not limited to young people. The shameless cuts to the pension bands and rates in 2012 that left so many people, mainly women, with lesser pensions has not been addressed. The...More Button

Tá feall á dhéanamh ag an Rialtas ar mhuintir na Gaeltachta agus ar an Ghaeilge féin. Tá an Ghaeilge i mbaol báis mar theanga pobail laistigh de deich mbliana. Tá an teanga féin ag sleamhnú chu...More Button

Maíonn an tAire Stáit, an Teachta Joe McHugh, go bhfuil an Ghaeilge “ag dul ó neart go neart”. Léirigh figiúirí an daonáirimh dúinn gur a mhalairt atá an scéal. Tháinig titim 23.6% ar chainteoi...More Button

Tá todhchaí na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta ag brath go mór anois ar dhá bheartas – is iad sin an polasaí don oideachas Gaeltachta agus an phleanáil teanga. Ach níltear ag tabhairt maoiniú cuí ina...More Button

Maítear go bhfuil an phleanáil teanga mar "last chance saloon" ag lucht na Gaeltachta leis an Ghaeilge a shlánú. In ainneoin é seo, fuair muintir na Gaeltachta buille trom nuair a dúradh leo nac...More Button

Mhol Sinn Féin €5 milliún a thabhairt don phlean i gcomhar infheistíocht sa Ghaeilge agus sa Ghaeltacht atá curtha le chéile ag Conradh na Gaeilge. Bheadh €5 milliún á thabhairt againn do chiste...More Button

The Minister has announced a number of tax measures, some of which I welcome, others I do not. I welcome his proposal, in line with my party's view, regarding commercial stamp duty. We have arg...More Button

Today the Minister maintains the help-to-buy scheme, a scheme that has cost the Irish taxpayer €40 million and has contributed in no small way to house prices increasing by €50 every day across t...More Button

The retention of the 9% VAT rate for hotels that are full and are charging higher and higher prices while not respecting their workers' rights is political cowardice. I accept that not all hotel...More Button

The phasing out of mortgage interest relief will hit many struggling families; 419,000 people will be worse off. This could cost families who had to buy at the peak of the crisis hundreds of eur...More Button

The picture of this budget becomes clear: all the talk of new politics is out the window. It is the same old story. The experts warn us that cutting taxes risks overheating and jeopardises our ...More Button

The more the Government insists everything is fine with our corporation tax system, the more problems stick out. Everything is not fine and it is not unpatriotic to say as much. I welcome the m...More Button

It is likely that we are facing into a double whammy in the form of US corporate tax reform and movement due from either the OECD or Europe regarding the taxation of digital profits. Mooted US c...More Button

It is unbelievable that this is where the Government is at and that in the middle of a housing crisis, in the middle of a health crisis and in the middle of all of the different pressures we have, ...More Button

Last week we learned about who was benefitting from the research and development tax credit to which the Minister has made no changes. Let us look at what is happening. On budget day last year,...More Button

No action is to be taken with the bankers either. This is a common feature. Banks under the control of the State are telling us they will not pay tax for 21 years and other banks telling us it ...More Button

This could have been a very different budget but the Government has returned to form and has done what it always does. It is a budget that obviously has an eye on the election. It is about the ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Intangible Assets (Continued)

I know Deputy Calleary has raised the issue of the costings of this measure. The budget book shows that €150 million will be gained as a result of reverting to the 2014 position. I find it intere...More Button

It should be remembered that this was at a time when I and others were arguing that the Government needed to close the double Irish. To refresh Deputies' memories, the previous Minister, Deputy ...More Button

How is the Department able to confirm a figure of €150 million when just two weeks ago it was not able to give any figure? I would like an answer to that. Will the Minister explain why he is no...More Button

We have heard a lot about NAMA, for example, and the document that was released through a freedom of information request about the 50,000 units that could be built on NAMA lands. It is claimed b...More Button

Before we vote on the resolution, will the Minister tell us how the Government was able to come up with this figure and what is the genuine reason for not applying the measure to intellectual prope...More Button

It is included in the budget book. The whole budget is based on it.More Button

State Aid Investigations

Asked the Minister for Finance: the reason the State has not collected the billions of euro due to it under a ruling (details supplied); his plans to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the EU is, or is threatening to, take Ireland to court to force it to collect billions of euro owed to the State under a ruling (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the cost to date of advice received by his Department regarding the establishment of an escrow account in which to hold the billions of euro owed to the State as a result of a ruling (details suppl...More Button

EU Treaties

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on the proposal to enshrine the fiscal compact, now an inter-government treaty, into the EU Treaty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent Controls

Asked the Minister for Finance: if a company (details supplied) can avail of the rent a room relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Financial Services Ombudsman Remit

Asked the Minister for Finance: if, in relation to the complaints process of the Financial Services Ombudsman and in general when a person is making a complaint to a financial service provider, he will ensure that a legal persona...More Button

Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the cost of restoring all section 39 employees to pre-FEMPI levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason an application for HSE national lottery grants submitted by a service (details supplied) was unsuccessful; if this decision may be appealed by the service; the other suitable sources of ...More Button

Mental Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of staff vacancies which have occurred at the psychiatric unit at Letterkenny University Hospital in 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; the dates on which each such vaca...More Button

Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress being made to secure the allocation of two additional advanced nurse practitioners to diabetes services at Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if a step down bed at a community hospital will be made available for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal subsequent to discharge from Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make...More Button

GLAS Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive a decision in respect of a GLAS payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Flood Relief Schemes

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he will take to ensure that the flood relief scheme for farmers in County Donegal, administered by his Department, compensates persons (details supplied) whose losses are financially deva...More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband ...More Button

Greenways Development

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if his Department has received correspondence from Donegal County Council regarding proposals to develop a dedicated greenway route on the former rail line linking Letterkenny to Burtonport; the pr...More Button

Taxi Licences

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: when a decision will be made in respect of a taxi licence application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button