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Order of Business (Continued)

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 4

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Pearse Doherty: Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty] Even though there is an additional sitting next Monday, the Government does not see fit to allow this House to debate one of the most draconian pieces of legislation we have seen, which extends huge powers to the Revenue Commissioners to deduct a property tax from people's salaries, social welfare payments, farm assist payments and so on. It is clear that the Government does not want a proper scrutiny of this tax and the new powers extended to the Revenue Commissioners. We all know that the Tánaiste promised not to introduce a property tax, but we also know that the Minister, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, thinks that is just what the Labour Party does before elections.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Pearse Doherty: Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty It is absolutely appalling that the same families that were hit by the reduction of €325 in the respite care grant will be hit by a property tax if this legislation is passed next Tuesday. The one in four households that cannot pay their mortgages and the families already in poverty will be slapped with this tax by the Labour Party and Fine Gael. It is another broken promise.

The commitment by both parties in government to treat this House with respect has been ignored.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Pearse Doherty: Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty This is not the way to deal with legislation. Members of the Labour Party and Fine Gael should stand up and say this is not acceptable on their watch.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe Deputy Doherty should play Angry Birds.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I have called the Minister to reply.

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte I am surprised by the comments of the two Deputies opposite. There cannot have been a more debated measure before Dáil Éireann for a very long time.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath Where is Big Phil?

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte This measure has been signalled for at least a year and debated up and down the country. I am especially surprised at Deputy Micheál Martin given that he negotiated it.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin That is absolutely untrue.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Settle down, Deputies. The Minister must be allowed to reply.

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte Nothing that Mr. Angry from Donegal says surprises me. Anger, unfortunately, is not a policy and I look forward to multiple returns on the home tax from some of the Sinn Féin Deputies. However, it ill behoves the man who negotiated the property tax to come in here posturing like a pantomime dame as if he were now opposed to it, having introduced it in the first place. I know a shop near the Gaiety where he could get a wig for the rest of the Christmas.

A Deputy: Yes you do.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I am putting the question.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin A Cheann Comhairle, this is a disgrace.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett We are not having a debate. I am putting the question.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Deputies, please. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 7 agreed to?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin This House is being treated with contempt.

Deputy Derek Keating: Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating Fianna Fáil treated this House with contempt for 14 years.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I ask Deputy Martin to resume his seat.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We are not getting an opportunity to debate what is going on here today.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Please resume your seat, Deputy. You had your say and we are now going to vote.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We were promised a democratic revolution. Instead we have a sitting next Monday to deal with business that nobody on this side of the House requested.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It is the usual ploy from this Government.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Is the proposal for dealing with No. 7, Second Stage of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012, agreed to?

Deputies: No.


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