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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2013 (Continued)

A Cheann Comhairle, on a point of order-----More Button

Why do you not listen to me?More Button

We do not have copies of the statement.More Button

The Minister's statement.More Button

What changes?More Button

I wish I could say otherwise but today is another day of shame for this Government. It is not a day of hard choices, as it kept repeating. It is a day of cruel choices inflicted by those who are ...More Button

I say to the Tánaiste that this Government had a choice. A few simple measures could have done away with the need for all the suffering it has inflicted on ordinary families today. If it had si...More Button

If the Government had done that not only could it have prevented these vicious cuts but it would have had the resources to reverse some of the most vicious cuts imposed in recent years. It could...More Button

Instead, the Government made a cold-hearted decision to attack those who have nothing or next to nothing yet again. The property tax will cost ordinary families hundreds of euro, €300 or €400 extr...More Button

Then there are some of the really nasty cuts. The decision to cut the respite care grant for families with children with disabilities is obnoxious. Some €356 has been taken from families with d...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Tobacco Products Tax (Continued)

I will try to be brief to give the other Deputies time. This measure has nothing to do with public health, but it has everything to do with grabbing more money in a regressive way that will yet ag...More Button

The Government certainly does not need to take €780 million out of the health service or effect cutbacks in education and all the rest of it. This is regressive, is a money-grabbing exercise and w...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 5: Excise (Continued)

I will be brief. As with many of the measures that are being introduced in the budget, and in the previous budget, the Taoiseach will try to provide a specific justification or rationale for parti...More Button

Those particular measures will disproportionately affect families, as so many others have. The more children one has, the harder one will be hit in a range of ways. The motor taxation measures ...More Button

People are being hit from the left, the right and the centre but all of the extra money must come out of the same pot. The increases are a slap in the face for people who bought vehicles with lo...More Button

On that point, your whipness, in response to what Deputy Sean Fleming said-----More Button

We have been consistent on these matters because we provided an alternative. As I tried to explain to the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste earlier, none of these cuts would be necessary if they enforced...More Button

That is our alternative.More Button

Alternatively, if it had imposed a fair and progressive income tax on those earning over €100,000, as we explained in our pre-budget submission, the Government could have raised €2.5 billion. It w...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax (Continued)

I am sorry His Whipness is not here to hear me say that we will support this measure because it is a marginally progressive move. It is a gesture or token towards being progressive and dealing wit...More Button

The Government has hammered working families. The more I look at the detail of this, the worse it gets. The larger the family, the more it is hammered, which will hit working class families par...More Button

We will support the measure. There are one or two measures further down that one would support but they are so marginal and fail to deal with these inequalities. It is unbelievable. Perhaps th...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 9: Income Tax (Continued)

Fianna Fáil is a funny party.More Button

I have sympathy with the Government here. Whatever deficiencies there might be in the failure to address the issue of incomes in excess of €100,000, it is not a reason to vote against what is a pr...More Button

In response to the Deputies from the Labour Party who were heckling on this matter, whatever dispute there might be about how much can be raised from a wealth tax, we certainly acknowledged in ou...More Button

Similarly, it is also true to say that there would have to be some deep scrutiny of how much one would gain from corporation tax, etc., although one would certainly be talking about billions of eur...More Button

On the issue of increasing income taxes for those earning €100,000 or more, there is no dispute about how much it could raise. It merely depends what rates one imposes, and we have the tables. ...More Button

On the yield, one would be taking approximately €1 million a year off somebody who is earning €3 million to €4 million a year. I do not have a difficulty with that.More Button

There are approximately 120 of them, according to tables we received from the Department.More Button

What I do not understand is, if the Government can do what is proposed in this resolution, which is a progressive measure, why could it not have increased to some degree, if not as much as we wishe...More Button

I have genuine questions for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Gilmore. Is there an issue on the loans employees may receive? I have no difficulty with employees g...More Button

The measure on risk equalisation seems reasonable although I would appreciate elaboration on who is likely to be affected by it and how it would translate. I would like to vote for these, but I ...More Button

I stated we would support it.More Button

The establishment closes ranks.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 14: Capital Acquisitions Tax (Continued)

It was the wrong kind of activity.More Button

None of us wants to drag out this process at this stage. Broadly speaking, these measures are reasonable.More Button

The Minister might be surprised to hear that I have said that now on three occasions tonight.More Button

Despite the attempts by certain people on the other side of the House to caricature this side, we take these issues seriously, considering the detail as much as possible in the short time available...More Button

There is a more marginal point. We are a country with a high degree of home ownership, although in a way different from much of the rest of Europe. There is a difference in the way property is ...More Button

I will not labour the point but the Government could have gone much further in going after the major inequalities. It is fair to say everything could have been costed by the Department of Financ...More Button

It would not have helped to have the issue of corporation tax costed because the Minister for Finance told us it was too complicated to calculate. That is not much of an answer to our first ques...More Button

Yes. The response from the Minister for Finance was that the process was too complicated.More Button

On the issue of a wealth tax, the answer, as we stated explicitly, was that we need a comprehensive register of wealth and assets to identify how wealth is distributed. All we have, however, are C...More Button

Having a roof over one's head is not an indication of one's ability to pay €300, €400 or €500.More Button

Let us not be facile about this.More Button

All that being said, these measures are broadly progressive.More Button

We did not. We proposed to reverse the cuts.More Button

We costed the reversal.More Button

It is in ours.More Button