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McGrath, Michael

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

Having somewhere to call home and having access to a public health system when one needs it are among the most basic needs of a citizen. For any society that regards itself as modern, decent and c...More Button

In truth, the Government has failed to get to grips with the housing crisis. The Government has executive authority, it controls the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and it i...More Button

Budget day helps to set the direction of policy and at its simplest level provides the money. It is the day-to-day management of government business that delivers on the ground and this is where...More Button

With regard to the housing crisis, the overall message to the Government is to cut the obsession with PR and spin, and focus on delivery.More Button

At the front line of the crisis, the number of people sleeping in emergency accommodation is a national scandal and a scar on our nation. The Government gave its word to those living in this nig...More Button

Fianna Fáil welcomes the additional funding allocated to homelessness and the increased allocation for the construction of social housing. It is a step in the right direction. Under this Govern...More Button

We have secured a €300 million affordable housing package over the next three years, including more than €200 million in new Exchequer funding. This will provide thousands of homes which will be m...More Button

On health, we need to know that what we have before us today is an honest health budget. Fianna Fáil has not been privy to the toing and froing over recent weeks between the HSE and the Departme...More Button

Almost two and a half years ago, Fianna Fáil made the historic decision to enter into a confidence and supply arrangement to ensure this country had a Government. In May 2016, there was no short...More Button

From opposition, we have sought to influence budgetary policy and to move it in a more progressive direction. We have provided the political stability necessary for Ireland's economy to grow. We ...More Button

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to bring in a common consolidated corporate tax base and some form of digital taxation. The OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting programme is ongoi...More Button

All this underlines the importance, from our point of view as a party, of making a start to putting some money away as a contingency, or a rainy day, fund, which we proposed in 2015 and negotiate...More Button

The dependence on corporation tax receipts from multinationals is also a warning to Government of the need to place a greater focus on the thousands of small medium enterprises, SMEs, operating i...More Button

Our capital gains tax, CGT, regime for businesses and enterprises needs major reform, as it is currently uncompetitive when set against the jurisdictions with which we compete. CGT is simply too...More Button

One area on which I believe a greater focus is needed within the domestic economy is the retail sector. Irish retailers employ around 220,000 employees across 45,000 businesses. While many of t...More Button

We acknowledge the decision to raise the 9% VAT rate in the tourism and hospitality sector to 13.5% was a difficult call for the Government to make. While the 9% rate was successful, it was alwa...More Button

The confidence and supply agreement provides for a supportive tax regime for the self-employed and the introduction of a PRSI scheme for them. The further increase in the earned income tax credi...More Button

Brexit is the dark cloud that is hanging over this budget. This budget and a whole lot more could unravel very quickly if Brexit goes badly wrong. On 29 March next year, just over five months f...More Button

While we support the Government in negotiations, Fianna Fáil has deep concerns about the lack of readiness here in Ireland for all eventualities. In that regard, I note from today’s budget bookl...More Button

It is crucial that every possible support is given to businesses to prepare for Brexit. As we all know, the farming and agrifood sector is particularly exposed and needs special supports. On bu...More Button

SMEs also need extra support.More Button

Last year, the SME Brexit loan scheme was announced. It was a €300 million fund, which was finally launched in March 2018, some six months after the budget. According to the latest statistics to ...More Button

That is not true.More Button

It is over four years. The Deputy's numbers are wrong.More Button

The Deputy is wrong.More Button

That is wrong.More Button

The Deputy is wrong.More Button

He should stop digging when he is wrong.More Button

Imports and Exports Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding import and export statistics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Budget 2019

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated structural balance in 2019 for every €100 million spent in excess of the €800 million outlined in the summer economic statement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Sector Pay

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if public sector employees who are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached ...More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if second level students are permitted to sit a subject as a junior certificate examination where they are studying that subject outside of school time and as a subject that exceeds the school's cu...More Button

School Funding

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if extra funding is available for primary schools that have a split campus in view of the additional costs involved in running buildings in two separate locations; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

School Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some children attending ASD units in mainstream schools and who were entitled to special school transport are not receiving such transport and that ...More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure that the drug Spinraza is made available to persons with spinal muscular atrophy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the finger test strip utilisation monitoring is indicating a cost or a saving (details supplied); the measures the HSE has determined to be the next steps in the finger test strips utilisation m...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the position in relation to the application by an organisation (details supplied) for further annual investment in its care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Broadband Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the status of the roll-out of broadband to a village (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button