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Higgins, Joe

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

Will the Taoiseach explain how the Economic Management Council functions as a sub-committee of the Cabinet? Is it the case that virtually the entire budget announced for 2013 was decided by four m...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Better still, drop the planned tax.More Button

We will go the way of Captain Boycott on this.More Button

We do not want the pesky natives bothering the EU.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage

I raise a point of order. Standing Orders state that every amendment must be relevant to the motion to which it is proposed and must be directed to omitting, adding or substituting words. It is a...More Button

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

It is mendacious in the extreme to refer to this new imposition as a local property tax. It is not levied locally; it is levied by central government, and central government is putting one of the ...More Button

I am not among those Deputies from the Government parties who cynically came in here to raise the issue of distinction and alleged unfairness between rural and urban residents because urban house...More Button

The reality is that the Minister had many alternatives that could raise the amount of money about which he talks with this tax, and far more. In a reply to a parliamentary question the Minister ...More Button

We should also object to the description of this tax as a local property tax because of the Government spin that this represents a broadening of the tax base, as if it would come from some myster...More Button

It is appropriate to warn the Government at the start of Committee Stage that there is a burning fuse of anger in society generally resulting from the unjust bailout and the burden being placed o...More Button

No it is not; it is telling the truth.More Button

They would not publish that report until recently.More Button

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

Where is the money coming from?More Button

We will see about that.More Button

It is for the bondholders not local services.More Button

This is a transfer by the Minister from the Irish people to the bankers of Europe.More Button

Does the Minister think everybody has a resident leprechaun with a crock of gold?More Button

When did Lenin advocate attacks on people's family homes and on the peasant homes?More Button

Of course. The Minister is just doing what the bondholders want.More Button

The Minister is embarrassing Deputy Bannon.More Button

Presumably, from their wages.More Button

One is dealing with the dictatorship of the financial markets.More Button

While continuing to oppose this section and the legislation, we can certainly agree with the amendment tabled by Deputy Pearse Doherty in that it would ameliorate some of the worst injustices of th...More Button

A home is not a productive asset. Its upkeep costs a great deal of money. In particular, it costs for those who have mortgages, even more so for those in negative equity.More Button

Regarding the chargeable value, the Minister tried to make a virtue out of the fact that the price of homes had fallen dramatically since the top of the bubble. This is no consolation to the hun...More Button

That massive millstone around their necks was caused by speculation and profiteering to which Fine Gael never once raised its voice in opposition. Now, the Government is landing a property tax o...More Button

The Minister made a conscious decision as to whom he would hit. The troika, being representatives of European big business, big bankers and the financial markets, would not contemplate extra tax...More Button

In response to me, the Minister suggested that a 2.5% increase in corporation tax would raise €675 million. We have another model that would suggest significantly greater amounts if the effectiv...More Button

The Minister stood up tonight and sought, by invoking Revenue, to terrify decent, ordinary taxpayers who in their hundreds of thousands opposed and boycotted the household tax because it was thei...More Button

In a democracy, the Government should fear the people, not the other way around, but there are states that are stronger than fear. A sense of injustice and indignation is stronger than fear. Pe...More Button