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Collins, Joan

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

I will not take up too much time because many of the points have been made. I wish to put on the record, however, the fact that this is probably the most inappropriate legislation that has come be...More Button

This will be the most hated tax in the country and is being introduced by a Fine Gael-Labour Government. It will be much worse than the tax on children's shoes that was brought in decades ago. ...More Button

This country probably has one of the highest rates of home ownership in Europe. In recent decades, however, housing policy has failed the people. They were encouraged to buy their own homes. E...More Button

When I return home, I do not say I am going to a property; I say I am going to my family home, to close the door behind me, light a fire and look after the family. This policy will fail and even...More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I congratulate Deputy John Halligan on tabling the motion, which keeps the issue of carers and those for whom they care on the agenda. Yesterday, while preparing for this debate, I was struck by a...More Button

As Deputies are aware, 187,000 families provide an essential service to the State free of charge. It is estimated it would cost the State €4 billion per annum to provide this service. The cut i...More Button

The cut in the respite care grant does not make economic sense. If only 280 families were to decide - perfectly understandably - that they could not take any more and ceased providing care to th...More Button

The Government is continuing the policy of the Fianna Fáil Party. Since the budget of 2009, carers' incomes have declined by up to €64 per month. Cutbacks in State services have affected 82% of...More Button

I also fully support the call from the Carers Association for the publication of the national carers strategy, which was drawn up by the previous Government after widespread consultation. The Fi...More Button

The Government has much to answer for. It cannot keep pointing the finger at Fianna Fáil. Fianna Fáil started this, but the Government is continuing it. It should stop it.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

What about the third child?More Button

Local Authority Finances

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No.1131 of the 18 September 2012, if he has considered the report of the independent financial consultant engaged by Sligo County Council to review its critical fi...More Button

Local Government Reform

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the names of the members of the Local Government Workforce Planning Group; the terms of reference of the group; the dates of meetings of the Group since it was established; the funding that is prov...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the names of the members of the Local Government Efficiency Review Implementation Group; the terms of reference of the group; the dates of meetings of the group since it was established; the fundin...More Button

Local Authority Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide in tabular form the total number of staff employed by Sligo County Council on 1 January 2012; the grade and job title of every staff member; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in the local government auditors statutory report on the accounts of Sligo County Council for the year ended 31 December 2011, the Sligo County Mana...More Button