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McDonald, Mary Lou

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

How much time do I have?More Button

Indeed. It is difficult to know where to begin. This is an unfair and unjust proposal, which comes hot on the heels of social welfare cuts rushed through the Dáil yesterday. We are all acquainte...More Button

I am conscious sometimes that when I raise such issues they might be considered a little mundane for a Chamber as auspicious as this one. It is worthwhile for all of us to remember that in the f...More Button

One could ask why the property tax is wrong and irrational. It is because people cannot pay it. Sin é. I will go into more detail in my finessed political arguments but the bottom line is that...More Button

There are families throughout this country, in urban and rural areas and across the classes, which, by virtue of having bought family homes, are trapped in a real nightmare of debt and of trying to...More Button

This is not a measure which broadens the tax base. If the Government was truly broadening the tax base, it would be seeking to open up a new revenue stream from new sources. Of course, that is ...More Button

Deputy Donohoe referred to progressivity and to the mansion tax. If the latter is the token gesture towards progressivity, well then God help us all. The mansion tax issue entered the equation ...More Button

It is interesting to note that very few waivers will be on offer. The deferral for which provision is made is almost like a stay of execution for people. It is as if the Government were saying:...More Button

The Government had choices. The Labour Party knows that there are such choices but that when reference was made to them, a deaf ear was turned. I very much regret that. Let us not pretend that...More Button

If the Government is serious about broadening the tax base and creating new revenue streams and if it has the cop-on to understand that in raising revenue, one should not take actions which furth...More Button

I am very conscious of the fact that we are discussing these matters in a very short timeframe and that this debate is taking place so close to Christmas. For very good reasons, people's thought...More Button

A demonstration against this charge took place outside the gates of Leinster House earlier this afternoon. I was approached by one of the protestors, a man from Wexford, who asked me to tell the...More Button

One does not pay water charges-----More Button

They are two different jurisdictions.More Button

Yes; people cannot pay the tax.More Button

The country is partitioned.More Button