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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

Faced with the really dire crisis produced by Covid-19, which is a health crisis, an economic crisis and a social crisis, we needed a budget that would support decisive action to defeat the threat ...More Button

It is also a dangerous undermining of the principle of all of us being in this together and the social solidarity that we need to address the Covid-19 threat. That is even more the case when we ar...More Button

This failure to restore the PUP and the wage subsidy scheme and to provide grant supports to the particular sectors that desperately need them contrasts with the continued handout of Government mon...More Button

The latest profit figures for the corporate sector in this country show €180 billion in profits, and corporations are only paying about 5% tax, not the 12.5% they should be paying. If we just br...More Button

Similarly, the Government could look at tax reliefs like carrying losses forward, which allows banks to essentially write off all their profits against tax for the foreseeable future. These tax ...More Button

The Government could also have looked at a number of other potential areas. Those who have benefited from property development and land speculation, which was fuelled by Government policy, could...More Button

Financial Resolutions 2020: Motion

I will be brief. We oppose this. Smoking is a major public health problem. It kills large numbers of people and as a society we should do everything we can to discourage people from smoking, enc...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Excise - Mineral Oil Tax: Motion (Continued)

I am amazed at the disconnect that seems to exist between the Green Party - and to be honest, the position the Labour Party has just announced - and the reality that huge numbers of working people ...More Button

Musicians are a group that many people were talking about. Does the Minister know how most jobbing musicians get to jobs when they are available? They drive around the country. That is how the...More Button

It is just a stupid mistake that does incredible damage to the climate action agenda when the Government should be putting forward policies where climate action will make a better life for the ma...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 4 - Corporation Tax: Motion

Financial Resolutions Nos. 5 and 6 seem fine to me. However, I want to express concern about Financial Resolution No. 4. The main mechanism through which some of the wealthiest corporations in th...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 4 - Corporation Tax: Motion (Continued)

If the sales and revenue of a company such as a pharmaceutical or IT company amount to €1 billion, it can decide that one of its own subsidiaries will charge it €900 million for the use of that pat...More Button

I recommend that any economics nerds take a look at the table produced by Revenue every year with regard to corporate tax deductions, reliefs and allowances. The table covers approximately two p...More Button

How does this measure in the budget book, which is very ill-explained, fit in to that scandalous picture? I invite Deputies to look at the briefing note in the Estimates book. It is three lines...More Button

This is the scandal of budgets and of economies in the modern world, including the Irish economy. While we spend all of our time discussing the crumbs, some of which we have to beg for such as t...More Button

People need to understand the scale of this. In the last available figures, one can see that €189 billion was accumulated in pre-tax gross profits, the tax liability in respect of which amounted...More Button

It is an utter scandal. They are not only robbing the people of this country but ordinary people all over the world. It is the major contributor to growing global inequality between rich and po...More Button

In fairness, people other than Teachta Doherty have been making these points for some time. I am satisfied with the Minister's answer on this resolution. I am glad we have had the debate because ...More Button

The research and development tax credit involves an amount of approximately €700 million per year. One would think that such a tax credit is a good idea but would that €700 million be better off...More Button

It is worth noting, because it will not get discussed anywhere else in the budget debate, that the amount of money for health research in the health budget this year is static. There is no chang...More Button

There are other credits that I will not even go into but of the €180 billion pre-tax gross profits for all corporations, tax is only paid on approximately €80 billion. Such is the scale of the r...More Button

I do not think corporations would run out of this country if they were made to pay the 12.5% tax rate or even a little more. They need to be in the European Union. For the most part, they want ...More Button

  Financial Resolution No. 4 agreed to.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: the date on which the appeals process for leaving certificate 2020 students will be complete and all results available; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: if the 2020 leaving certificate appeals process was closed before all errors in the grading mechanisms were identified; if so, if students will have another opportunity to appeal decisions in the w...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: if she is satisfied that all instances in which students were incorrectly marked for the 2020 leaving certificate have been identified; the number of those affected; if the CAO rounds of offers wer...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the dates on which the first calculated grades were made in relation to the 2020 leaving certificate results; the date on which the rounds of CAO offers were made; the date on which errors were dis...More Button

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the number of the 6,500 students who were erroneously upgraded in the 2020 leaving certificate results who were given a place on a course through the CAO process (details supplied); and if he will ...More Button

Social Welfare Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if women who took parental leave in 2017 or 2018 will obtain credits for this period to entitle them to social welfare supports during the Covid-19 pandemic; her plans to ensure that parents who ta...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: if the ballet teaching school sector are within Schools, Early Learning and Childcare services and Higher and Adult Education of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19...More Button

Student Grant Scheme

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the reason a Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, grant was refused in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Direct Provision System

Asked the Minister for Justice: her plans to phase out the reliance on direct provision centres as a method of housing asylum seekers especially in view of the overcrowded conditions of centres increasing the likelihood of Covid-...More Button

Prescriptions Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason he has not provided for the reduction in prescription charges set to come into effect on 1 July 2020; if medical card holders will see the reduction; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: if meetings of an organisation (details supplied) are allowed to continue in view of level 3 Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button