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

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 785 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett] 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 will hit the bar trade, thereby causing job losses in that sector. As has been noted previously, the only entities likely to benefit from this are the multiples and so on, towards which the Government has taken no action regarding their below-cost selling practices. This is a regressive move and my group will be voting against it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Deputy Higgins. One minute.

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall A Cheann Comhairle-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Listen Deputy, please do not start blaming me. I am not-----

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall A Cheann Comhairle, sorry-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Will the Deputy please resume her seat?

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall On a point of order.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett What is your point of order?

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I was in the Chamber before either of the previous two speakers. I indicated to you-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Deputy, I told you-----

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall -----and you indicated back to me that you had seen me.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Deputy Naughten was the one who first indicated to me and then the two spokespersons-----

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall Yes, and I am talking about Deputies Boyd Barrett-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett -----and then I went in accordance with the-----

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall ----and Higgins. I was in the Chamber before either of them-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Anyway, the time is nearly up.

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall -----and I do not know why you are specifically trying to exclude me from this debate.

Deputy Dara Calleary: Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary We all know the reason.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I am not trying to exclude you. Do not be ridiculous. I call Deputy Higgins.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins I think this is the 12th budget that-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Why did the Whips agree on such 20 minute periods if this is such an important issue? I did not agree it.

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I indicated to the Ceann Comhairle.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins The Taoiseach could give five minutes by diktat of the Government. He can do that.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett This is going to go on all night. Will the Deputy please proceed? I am doing my job here and I will not be taking abuse from people. I do not favour anyone here.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins This is the 12th budget for which I have stood up in this Chamber and I always have come in at this time to deal with the same hypocrisy that is before Members. This has nothing to do with health in terms of cigarettes or alcohol addiction. It pertains to a grab for funds and, therefore, it must be opposed. This is part of a €1,000 per year grab, as it will affect ordinary working-class families next year.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Thank you, Deputy, we are over time.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins As part of the Government's disastrous austerity agenda, I oppose it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett As it is now 7.42 p.m.-----

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald What about Deputy Shortall?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I am sorry Taoiseach, but I cannot even allow your reply as the 20 minutes is up. As it now is 7.42 p.m. and the time allocated for debate has expired, I must put the question, "That Financial Resolutions Nos. 1 and 2 be agreed to".


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