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Order of Business

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 4

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Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte It is proposed to take No. 17, motion re Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010, and No. 7, Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage.

  It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that No. 17 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 65 minutes and the following arrangements shall apply: the speech of a Minister or a Minister of State and the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group who shall be called on in that order and may share their time shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case, a Minister or a Minister of State shall be called on to make a speech in reply which shall not exceed five minutes; the sitting shall be suspended at 2 p.m. for 30 minutes; Second Stage of No. 7 shall be taken today and, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 6 p.m.; the Dáil shall sit on Monday, 17 December 2012 at 10.30 a.m. and adjourn not later than 4.30 p.m.; and there shall be no Order of Business within the meaning of Standing Order 26 and, accordingly, the business to be transacted shall be as follows: No. 35, statements on the report of the expert group on the judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland case (resumed), and No. 33, Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad] - Second Stage (resumed) which shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 4.30 p.m. and any division demanded shall be taken immediately after the Order of Business on Tuesday, 18 December 2012.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett There are four proposals to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 17, motion re Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010, agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with the suspension of the sitting agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Second Stage of No. 7, Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012, agreed to?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It is not agreed. In the strongest possible terms I oppose the manner in which the Government proposes to treat the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill by ramming it through the Dáil and the Seanad in the space of one week. This is a 70 page Bill with 159 sections containing significant detail and giving extensive powers to Revenue to enter homes. It introduces a tax that will hit the one quarter of mortgage holders who are in arrears, as we heard yesterday, which is a clear demonstration that this is the wrong tax at the wrong time. It will also hit hard-pressed mortgage holders who are paying their way, including unemployed persons and welfare recipients. Yesterday we heard that local authority tenants would have their rents increased as a result of this property tax on local authority housing. That is not to mention those in negative equity or people who have paid massive amounts in stamp duty. The hit on Dublin families as a result of this tax will be enormous.

I do not understand why the Government is insisting on proceeding as proposed. We had a disgraceful situation yesterday on the Social Welfare Bill. Is the Government afraid of public interaction with Deputies in this Chamber or is it afraid that there is more than one Member on the Government backbenches who is prepared to stand up, have a conscience-----

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath They are hidden away.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----oppose and fulfil the commitments given while in opposition?

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen They are pirouetting on the plinth.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin There seems to be a genuine drive by the Government to deny debate and discussion in the House on these issues. This morning I listened to the Minister, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, talk about that small sliver in the Labour Party that preferred opposition and advocacy to being in government.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley He was a sliver once himself.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It suggested to me the democratic centralist tendencies, so beloved of The Workers' Party, are alive and well and in control.

Deputy Michael McCarthy: Information on Michael McCarthy Zoom on Michael McCarthy The Dali Lama of Ballinlough has some neck.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The Minister and his ilk within the Labour Party-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett We are straying from the question before the House.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----have succeeded in driving out the last vestiges of old decent Labour into the cold.

Deputy John Lyons: Information on John Lyons Zoom on John Lyons There is nobody from the media present to listen to the Deputy.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It is a sad scene to behold that the Trotsky of Tallaght has become the mudguard of Fine Gael in the Government.

A Deputy: The Deputy is some hypocrite.

Deputy Pearse Doherty: Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty A Cheann Comhairle-----

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Please allow Deputy Doherty to make his point.

Deputy Michael Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan The Abbey has moved to Cork.

Deputy Pearse Doherty: Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty I object to proposal No. 3. It is unacceptable that the family home tax legislation is to be rammed through the Dáil, with the debate on Second Stage to conclude by 6 p.m. and all other Stages to be taken on Tuesday.


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