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Adams, Gerry

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

The Government could have brought forward a fair budget. This, however, was not a fair budget. Tá a fhios ag an Taoiseach nach raibh sé deacair na roghanna cearta a dhéanamh. Rinne an Rialtas na...More Button

Neither can we pretend it imposes any real burden on the wealthy. That is a sham argument by a Labour leadership desperate to escape criticism for introducing an anti-working class, anti-childre...More Button

This budget will undermine any possibility of growth in the economy. Hundreds of thousands of families have been hit by a family home tax, more PRSI payments, cuts to child benefit, hikes in col...More Button

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I sat here in complete silence and listened to the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Leader of Fianna Fáil. The other Deputies may not like what I am saying but they should ...More Button

Many families in the State will not be able to pay this tax. I am putting the Taoiseach on notice that from today, Sinn Féin will be actively campaigning to resist the introduction of this unfair ...More Button

Sinn Féin is calling on every citizen to make a stand and resist the imposition of this unfair home tax. There is time for the Government to reverse this decision. This home tax is the brainchi...More Button

The Government is continuing to place the burden on low and middle income families, on the coping classes and the working poor. Despite the Government's promises not to increase income taxes, th...More Button

The decision to abolish the weekly PRSI threshold of €127 will mean an increase of €264 a year for those earning over the minimum wage. On top of the family home tax, this will cause great distres...More Button

The high earners on over €100,000 will not feel the impact of the extra €264 a year but those on the minimum wage will definitely feel the loss of €264 out of their pockets. No matter how the Go...More Button

For many, particularly in rural Ireland, a car is a necessity. While there is no increase in excise duty on petrol or diesel, the price will increase as a result of the increase in carbon tax. ...More Button

The Government could have implemented Sinn Féin’s proposals. We called on the Government to standardise pension and other tax reliefs. It has been revealed time and time again that the top 20% ...More Button

During the last election campaign, the Labour Party called on the public to protect child benefit by voting Labour. The Labour Party leader told the electorate it was a red line issue. Adverts ...More Button

Under the proposal from the Labour Party and Fine Gael, child benefit cuts of €10 for the first and second child, €18 for the third child and €20 for the fourth and following children, will be intr...More Button

This means a family of four children will be down €58 per month in child benefit cuts alone and a family of 6 children will be down €98. That is a lot of money and will have a crippling effect on ...More Button

Less than one month since the passage of the children’s referendum, the reality of the Government’s commitment to children is exposed. I warned the Taoiseach before the referendum that people sa...More Button

Our leas-uachtaráin, Deputy McDonald, raised the following point this morning. One of the most despicable decisions of the Government parties is the cut to respite care for children with severe ...More Button

Bhuel, éist agus foghlaim. The Taoiseach has cut €325 from more than 77,000 families. Some 20,000 of those families receive no other support from the State for providing full-time care for a fami...More Button

The Taoiseach keeps talking about the North and it is heartening for the people in the North to hear about what Sinn Féin is doing in government. Sinn Féin insisted that prescriptions would be f...More Button

While the cuts in education are less severe their impact is nonetheless significant. More Button

The €23 million cut in the education budget will have a disproportionate impact on learners from the more disadvantaged sections of Irish society. The millions of euro to be cut from higher educat...More Button

Do we remember the Minister, Deputy Ruairí Quinn’s public flourish before the last election in signing up to opposition to any increase in student fees? It is another U-turn. Yesterday, the sam...More Button

The negative impact of Government policy imposes the greatest burden on those who have least and can least afford further burdens being imposed on them. There is also a negative impact on the ec...More Button

The Government claims that after this budget we are 85% of the way there, but it does not tell us to where. We hear it parroted that we will be the best small country in which to do business. W...More Button

Where, exactly, is the Government taking us and what are the social consequences of the Government's austerity policies?More Button

The Irish League of Credit Unions revealed several months ago that the number of people who are left with €100 or less at the end of each month has risen to over 1.8 million. Where will these ci...More Button

While the Minister tells us the economy is growing, the reality is that growth forecasts are being continually revised downwards. It gives me no pleasure to say the domestic economy is on the fl...More Button

What really galls people is that, in a parody of what passed before, the Taoiseach tells people to tighten their belts. He tells us we are all in this together and patronises people by saying he...More Button

How has that money been spent? Just last month Sinn Féin revealed that nearly 3,000 staff at banks that have been bailed out are still paid over €100,000 every year. The Government takes away t...More Button

The banking system shows no compassion for its customers or the taxpayers who bailed them out. Instead of passing on rate cuts from the ECB to mortgage holders, they hike up their fees. They ma...More Button

The Government has announced a 3% increase in the universal social charge on pension income over €60,000 per year for people over 70 years of age. I have no doubt that some in the Labour Party w...More Button

There are 160 retired bankers from the covered institutions who are receiving annual pension payments in excess of €100,000 per year.More Button

Many of these are not even 70 years old. Seán Fitzpatrick is not 70 and neither is Brian Goggin, Eugene Sheehy or Colm Doherty.More Button

What of the former Ministers who bailed out these bankers? Former taoisigh are living the high life on lavish pensions while ordinary people bear the brunt of the crisis they created.

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Go raibh maith agat, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have much to talk about but this is my time to say something.

  Sinn Féin presented the Government with l...More Button

The Taoiseach made his choice, he has decided what side he is on. His Government's vision is narrow and selfish; it is Fianna Fáil light. There is, however, an alternative vision. It is a visi...More Button

This morning Sinn Féin launched our campaign against the family home tax.  I am appealing to citizens and families to make a stand and resist the imposition of this unfair tax. I appeal to Teach...More Button

This is a bankers' budget; it is a budget for the elites. It is a budget for austerity and against the interests of the majority of citizens. The Taoiseach and the leader of the Labour Party sh...More Button