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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

On the Cabinet committee on mortgage arrears, did this committee meet with the troika and discuss its demand that legislative impediments to banks repossessing family homes should be a priority for...More Button

On the Economic Management Council it is clear from the protections, in terms of low corporate tax rate and a refusal to impose the financial transaction tax, that the submissions of the banks an...More Button

Rubbish. It is not 11.9%.More Button

I do not know from where the Taoiseach got 11.9%. That is a fantasy.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

This extremely cynical and undemocratic attempt to ram through the property tax will not save the Taoiseach, as he hopes it will, from the popular revolt next year when people have this unfair tax ...More Button

Despite the forlorn effort on the Taoiseach's part to try to forestall protest, none the less this is an extremely cynical exercise. There are 159 sections in the property tax Bill. By anybody'...More Button

The Taoiseach should lift the guillotine and at least allow for a debate on this measure. He should allow all amendments to be discussed. It can easily be done early next year because the prope...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage

May I elaborate Deputy Higgins's point? The amendments are to section 1, which is the definitions section of the Bill. The basis of my amendment is that we believe the Title we propose is, object...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Continued)

In so far as this section deals with the title of the Bill, in many ways it gets to the heart of the dishonesty and cynicism that lies behind it. It is simply an abuse of language and meaning to c...More Button

The Government claimed repeatedly it would bring in this tax as a replacement to the household charge, which it was forced to abandon, and that it would introduce a fair and progressive system, e...More Button

That, however, is not what this is at all. It is absolutely clear at a range of levels that it is not a property tax in the sense of property being real wealth held by what most people understan...More Button

It was understood what that meant. It meant that there were some people who had lots of wealth and property and there were some who had little or none.More Button

This is not a tax being imposed on those who have huge accumulations of wealth and property. This is a tax being imposed on every ordinary citizen in this country regardless of their ability to ...More Button

Earlier today in the Dáil the Taoiseach effectively admitted this. When Deputy Higgins asked him, given that four years ago he railed against any attempt to put a tax on the family home, why he ...More Button

Another piece of evidence of how dishonest the attempt to call it a property tax is illustrated by what is happening in the local authorities. I presume what happened in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown C...More Button

Similar points have been made about people in negative equity. This is taxing the ball and chain around people's legs. This is like attaching a ball and chain to somebody, throwing them into th...More Button

The real giveaway which totally exposes the lies being used to justify the Bill is that it is being collected by the Revenue Commissioners, the people who collect income tax, and not by the local...More Button

Why does the Minister not tell the truth at least in the title of this tax and call it what it is? It is a tax to satisfy the greed of the bankers and bondholders being imposed on the roofs over...More Button

The truth the Minister does not want to hear.More Button

It was guillotined.More Button

Or Deputy Bannon could tell us where the money tree is?More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I will take it if the Deputy wants.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages

I want to hear it.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

It is not a tax on assets.More Button

It is not a tax on assets.More Button

Along with Deputy Mitchell.More Button

Who is Groucho Marx now?More Button

I did.More Button

I thought we were told the troika was ruling.More Button

The troika has slipped the Minister's memory.More Button

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I was called to speak.More Button

It is ironic that the Minister would ask for five minutes to reply, when he has ruthlessly guillotined the debate.More Button

The Minister has it within his power to give himself and every other Deputy time to debate the Bill, and he has refused to give us that time. Why would we give him the time?

  W...More Button

-----because he would be better off working for them than designing taxes like this. This is farcical.More Button

These amendments highlight how farcical, how unfair and how full of anomalies, holes and injustices the Bill is.More Button

Earlier this evening, the Minister revealed the prejudice that lies under his humour and intelligence, because he is funny and intelligent. Underlying his earlier comments was a deep prejudice. H...More Button

They are out of work through the reckless behaviour of bankers and speculators and the mismanagement of the State by Fianna Fáil and by the Opposition which did not raise a voice against Fianna Fái...More Button

This is more than an injustice. The Minister has not answered the question. How can people who are in mortgage distress and barely able to keep up with their mortgage payments be expected to pa...More Button

This point has been raised with the Minister time and again. He gives us a comic routine in response.More Button

It is not funny for the people who cannot make these payments. Government party Deputies do not like it now. They put the guillotine on.More Button

The Government is breaking our economy and families and destroying lives and livelihoods. They do not like it when they cannot give a smart answer back.More Button

The Minister also made an erroneous comment about funding local government. He did not answer the point that local government will be charged. Local authorities will get nothing from the property...More Button

The Minister said this is the alternative to what he calls a tax on work. If the property tax is to be taken out of pay packets and social welfare payments, is that not a tax on income? Of cour...More Button

The Minister's history is wrong. He was wrong when he referred to Lenin not supporting property owners.More Button

The revolution in Russia was spurred on when the peasants joined up with those in the cities who were faced with injustice.More Button

Local Authority Charges Application

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will consider a rebate to small businesses who go out of business but are still liable for rates for the full year if they are in business the day the rate was struck.More Button

Public Sector Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: in view of the commitment in the PSA to full engagement and detailed consultation with the Irish Medical Organisation and Irish Hospital Consultants Association with regard to changes in work pract...More Button