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Ellis, Dessie

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

I propose to share time with Deputy Mary Lou McDonald.More Button

The proposed tax on family homes is not only an attack on those who own their own homes but also on those who rent local authority housing. It is a regressive tax which does not take into account ...More Button

I commend Deputy Colm Keaveney and others in the Labour Party on their recognition that enough is enough and the threshold of decency has been passed. We have a serious housing problem in this S...More Button

The current demand, more than double the lowest levels ever recorded in the State, is approximately 100,000 applicants on the housing waiting list, with an additional 100,000 on RAS and rental supp...More Button

Local authorities, housing bodies and co-operatives house many thousands of people in every county, borough and city. They provide that most basic of things, a roof to lie under and a place to c...More Button

Last week, the Government cut a further €46 million from the local authority housing budget, down to €65 million from €189 million in 2011. Regeneration projects, in Cork, Dublin and Limerick in...More Button

Local authorities are supposedly to benefit from the home tax. What a lot of nonsense. What benefit will councils realise as they fork out for every home they have provided? The only conclusio...More Button

I urge the Government to support the amendments my party has submitted. The amendments would exclude social housing from liability. It is unacceptable to force any person or family on social we...More Button

Many of my former Labour colleagues on the council have decided to abandon the tenants for whom we all fought in the council chamber. We fought to keep rents down and to help such tenants by see...More Button

Labour Party councillors-----More Button