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Dowds, Robert

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

Are totally apt.More Button

I thank the Minister for his engagement on this matter, both inside and outside the Chamber. This Bill is one of the most important the Government will introduce and I welcome the opportunity to d...More Button

I am well aware that the Irish tend to be instinctively opposed to property tax despite the existence of the tax in pretty much every other European country. The tax has certain advantages in th...More Button

I strongly support the remarks of Deputy Brendan Ryan on homes affected by pyrite.More Button

Since Fianna Fáil abolished rates in 1978, as one of its attempts to wreck the country, local authorities have been left without a substantial independent stream of funding. Once again, it falls...More Button

I will not refer to Sinn Féin's position because everybody knows the great contrast between its views on paying local charges in Northern Ireland and paying them here.More Button

Two Sinn Féin partitionist parties.More Button

Having said that, I note there are some serious issues surrounding this Bill.More Button

First, we need to be deeply conscious of the fact-----More Button

I did not interrupt Deputy Mary Lou McDonald when she was speaking.More Button

We need to be deeply conscious of the fact that a high proportion of our population is either unemployed or affected by unsustainable debt. For this reason, deferrals of property tax for certain c...More Button

An issue arises regarding social housing. I suggest that all social housing, whether controlled by local authorities or housing associations, be valued in the lowest band. In other words, one w...More Button

We must ensure balance across urban and rural areas. I will not make my points on this matter because I largely concur with the remarks of Deputy Kevin Humphreys on the subject.More Button

There are two sections on which I want to focus, namely, sections 20 and 157. There is a case for considering a greater local adjustment factor than that of approximately 15%, for the reasons al...More Button

It is very important that the proportion of the property tax that will go directly to the local authority be written down in black and white. In the Minister's speech, he referred to the Thornhi...More Button

With regard to section 157, I am greatly concerned that the property tax revenue, as with motor tax revenue, will go directly into the Central Fund. I would like the proportion to be given to coun...More Button

As one can gather, I favour property tax, but I strongly believe the Bill is flawed. For it to succeed in the longer term, we should have more time to consider it. I agree with the Opposition i...More Button