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Shortall, Róisín

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

A Cheann Comhairle-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, sorry-----More Button

On a point of order.More Button

I was in the Chamber before either of the previous two speakers. I indicated to you-----More Button

-----and you indicated back to me that you had seen me.More Button

Yes, and I am talking about Deputies Boyd Barrett-----More Button

----and Higgins. I was in the Chamber before either of them-----More Button

-----and I do not know why you are specifically trying to exclude me from this debate.More Button

I indicated to the Ceann Comhairle.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax

It is incredible that when it comes to pension tax relief, this is the only proposal the Government has been able to introduce. The pension tax relief in this country is unbelievably generous and ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax (Continued)

The regime costs the Exchequer and us all about €2.5 billion. We know that about 80% of that tax relief goes to 20% of top earners. It is an extremely regressive regime. Given the regressive and...More Button

That is very regressive but the Government chose to target child benefit, which at least is given to every child, while completely ignoring pension tax relief. The cost to the Exchequer is about...More Button

The Government promised that it might do it next year. What is the excuse for leaving that very generous and inequitable regime in place this year and failing to tackle pension tax relief for th...More Button

It is extremely disappointing that this is all the Government could come up with in respect of an area where there was potential to make savings of at least €400 million if it had delivered on th...More Button

The Tánaiste has flunked it in a very serious way. Instead of tackling this area which was a stand out in terms of unfairness in our tax system, he chose to hit families and ensure that every fa...More Button

Is €200,000 fair?More Button

Not this year.More Button

But not next year.More Button

  Question, "That Financial Resolution No. 6 be agreed to," put and declared carried.More Button

Medical Card Reviews

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans regarding providing legislation to allow for comprehensive data sharing among State agencies to underpin the medical card self-assessment system in respect of the renewal of medical cards...More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 received a bill for legal fees; and if he will clarify the legitimacy of this charge.More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason sodium chloride for infusion is not reimbursable under the GMS scheme in respect of patients in nursing homes who are not eating a normal diet. More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of bed days lost through delayed discharges in each hospital to date in 2012More Button