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Bannon, James

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

The Deputy saw three years ago that this was coming down the road.More Button

Just like in the North.More Button

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

I tried to speak last week on the Bill but unfortunately time did not allow so I was told I would have an opportunity to speak on Committee Stage.More Button

Deputy Nulty was correct when he spoke about the hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil because we all know-----More Button

Deputy McGrath has a very short and blinkered memory.More Button

Deputy Michael McGrath is like the bride in Cinderella - whiter than white.More Button

This property tax has been pushed on us by the EU-IMF in co-operation with Fianna Fáil after that party bankrupt this country and sold us down the river. This is the party that called itself repub...More Button

-----people realised that they sold us down the river.More Button

The mismanagement of the economy was brought about by the actions of Fianna Fáil in the Galway tent and other places over the year rather than doing the business of the Dáil in this House. The cur...More Button

People do not forget that.More Button

I hope they will not forget that.More Button

I see the terrible twins are backing up Deputy Michael McGrath.More Button

They are rejects from Fianna Fáil, as bad as it was.More Button

No doubt this property will add to the burden and, indeed, hardship, of many throughout the country, and that is unfortunate.More Button

There are many who are on low incomes going through rough times and who cannot afford to pay the €100 household charge all at once. I would plead with the Minister to include in this legislation a...More Button

-----similar to what-----More Button

-----applies in the collection of motor tax. There is an easy payment system of motor tax and it is something the Minister could include in this Bill.More Button

That would be important.    I also fear-----More Button

-----that a penal property tax could lead to the loss of our architectural heritage.More Button

Back in the 1940s and 1950s when rates were in being, many fine period residences were unroofed because their owners were not able to meet the cost of high rates.More Button

Our heritage is important to us and it is the cornerstone of our tourism industry. There should be provision in the Bill to protect heritage homes.More Button

Our heritage is about what we inherit from the past. There is a need to protect heritage, in particular, the built heritage which includes homes, monuments, parks, gardens, historic sites, etc. H...More Button

There are grants from the Heritage Council to refurbish some of those buildings-----More Button

-----but there should be some provision made.More Button

The cost of maintaining a heritage home is excessive. Many would say that they would prefer to rebuild a house rather than refurbish it, but they are important links with the past. Perhaps the Mi...More Button

We all are suffering because of the fraud, corruption and cover-up by some former politicians, some senior executives and some senior bankers in Ireland. They are responsible for the illegal the...More Button

-----that has left the economy in complete meltdown. This is why we had to bring in a tough budget and take tough decisions. Hopefully, there will be light at the end of the tunnel and we will ri...More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an update on the property charges pertaining to an unfinished housing estate (details supplied) in County Longford which has been exempted from the household charge and a refund ...More Button

Pensions Levy Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will reverse the decision to impose a 0.6% levy imposed on private and occupational pension fund assets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Job Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will set up a jobs task force, similar to that in the south east of the country to fill the employment vacuum in counties Longford and Westmeath (details supplied); and if he will make a stat...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an appeal for one parent family payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Staff Careers

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the possibilities there are for civil servants in her Department to take a career break; and if regulations pertaining to same are common to all Departments and to all civil servants.More Button

Agriculture Schemes Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding agricultural entitlements for 2011 and 2012 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Care Packages

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a home care package in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rural Transport Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will reverse the decision to cancel the number 22 Bus Éireann service through Kinnegad, County Westmeath, in view of the negitive effect on Kinnegad, the third largest town in County Westmeat...More Button