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Humphreys, Kevin

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

It is nearly 40 years since rates were abolished. The former residential property tax was confined to Dublin. Some speakers have recommended adopting elements of taxation systems in other countri...More Button

Now we see the effects of his campaign. Therefore, I take the views of the two previous speakers with a grain of salt.More Button

The Bill provides that commercial and residential properties will be subject to tax in order to fund local government services. I ask the Minister if he will consider a tax on land. I have conc...More Button

It is clear that home owners in Dublin will subsidise those in the rest of the country. Property in Dublin is much more expensive than elsewhere. In most small towns and rural areas house valua...More Button

This tax should not be seen as a Dublin tax, a Cork tax or a Galway tax. However, it will be difficult to explain to a homeowner in Ringsend that his or her small house is valued at a higher fig...More Button

I refer to Deputy Dessie Ellis's views on the voluntary housing sector. I question Deputy Ellis's figures. My calculation indicates that the cost per unit for voluntary and social housing is appr...More Button

When this Bill passes through the Dáil next week, we will have a period in which to reflect, fine-tune and determine how the legislative mechanisms can be used fairly and productively. The propo...More Button