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Doherty, Pearse

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business

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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 ...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

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 hug...More Button

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...More Button

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

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.More Button

We want to object to the way the business for Monday's sitting has been ordered. We have no objection to the House sitting on Monday. Indeed Sinn Féin called for such a sitting in order that an a...More Button

We have all heard the clattering coming from the Labour Party benches. The scenes we witnessed earlier were absolutely appalling. Government Deputies and Ministers had the generosity to burst i...More Button

There are very-----More Button

-----few families which are doubled over with laughter in their homes this morning.More Button

They are reeling from the fact that the Social Welfare Bill has been passed by this House and that the Government plans to ram through, with little or no debate, a family home tax which is going to...More Button

We have heard about Deputies wrestling with their consciences in respect of the cuts to child benefit and the respite care grant. The families to which I refer are going to be expected to pay the ...More Button

What is happening is absolutely appalling. There should be a sitting on Monday and we should take the opportunity it offers to debate the family home tax. In addition, there should be an Order of...More Button

Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010: Motion (Continued)

In his statement, the Minister pointed out how successful the banks have been in deleveraging, attracting and retaining deposits, as well as how well recapitalised they are and how they have been a...More Button

This motion proposes to extend the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act by two years. When the former Minister for Finance, the late Brian Lenihan, proposed this legislation, the Minister, De...More Button

When the Minister was in opposition he criticised the reckless way Fianna Fáil plundered the National Pensions Reserve Fund to recapitalise the banks. However, once he got into office he continued...More Button

Sinn Féin will oppose this motion, as it, Fine Gael, including the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan and the Labour Party did in 2010.More Button

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

Yesterday two truly shocking documents landed on my desk. They also landed on the desk of every other Deputy in this House and those of Senators. The first of these documents includes the Central...More Button

The figures contained in the Central Bank report to which I refer reveal that one in every four mortgage holders is in distress. When one adds those who are in arrears and whose payments have be...More Button

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul report states "Budget 2013 once again placed the heaviest burden onto the shoulders of people who are struggling" and that "those who have already borne the bru...More Button

When one reads the reports of the Central Bank report and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul consecutively, one can only reach a single conclusion - that, thanks to the measures introduced by Fin...More Button

As Deputy Michael McGrath stated, when Fine Gael and the Labour Party were in opposition, their views on this matter were very different. In 1994 the Taoiseach opposed the introduction of a prop...More Button

The House is now debating a proposed tax on the family home introduced by the Tánaiste,Deputy Eamon Gilmore and the Taoiseach, Deputy Enda Kenny. The proposal is not a property tax. A real prop...More Button

Some Deputies and Ministers, particularly in the Labour Party, argue that the family home tax is progressive, that it is the kind of tax that left-wing politicians should support. Nothing could ...More Button

This Bill is very clear that we all must pay, irrespective of our ability or income. There are no exemptions for those on social welfare, no exemptions for those living in or at risk of poverty,...More Button

This is a bad and deeply unfair tax. It is unworkable and will be the cause of hardship for hundreds of thousands of families. While the Taoiseach and Deputy Eamon Gilmore are clearly happy to ...More Button

Fine Gael and Labour are not the only parties guilty of hypocrisy on the issue of the family home tax. The leader of Fianna Fáil and its spokespersons have some cheek to argue against the Govern...More Button

Fianna Fáil Deputies argue that this is the wrong time to introduce such a tax because of the mortgage crisis. There was a mortgage crisis in 2010 and in 2011. This crisis did not fall out of t...More Button

Sinn Féin has consistently argued and campaigned against the introduction of a tax on the family home. We have also proposed credible alternatives which would allow the Government to raise the r...More Button

Across Europe, countries struggling to reduce deficits and to raise revenue for investment in public services and job creation are turning to what are truly wealth taxes. France, Sweden, Norway,...More Button

Sinn Féin's wealth tax would be self-assessed and apply only to those with considerable wealth. It would, therefore, be cheaper to administer. The family home tax is on the gross value of the pro...More Button

There are almost no exemptions from the Government's family home tax, but Sinn Féin's proposal includes a considerable range of exemptions. The family home tax ignores the fact that there will b...More Button

The family home tax is designed to hit 1.9 million homes, irrespective of the financial circumstances of the families therein. Sinn Féin's proposal targets only those who can and should pay. Th...More Button

The Government's proposal will also hurt the economy. It will take money from those who are keeping the local economy alive. By taking money out of the pockets of those who spend all of their d...More Button

The Government parties, when in opposition, promised that they would not introduce this tax. Once again, they have done a U-turn. It is not just a question of the Government's political shenani...More Button

I am sure the Minister of State and his colleagues have received letters of the kind I received in recent days from people suffering under the weight of the budgetary measures introduced thus far...More Button

Are responses to parliamentary questions false?More Button

Has the Minister for Finance misled the Dáil through responses to parliamentary questions?More Button

No, we have not.More Button

The figure is accurate.More Button

That is not even a parliamentary question. The point I was going to make, if the Minister of State had listened, was that there were other proposals that could have been considered. Reference was...More Button

While Sinn Féin will oppose this tax vigorously, it will propose a raft of amendments to counter the worst elements of this very harsh Bill and try to strengthen it to make it more fair for those...More Button