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Wallace, Mick

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

For most people, two measures in particular stand out from the recent budget, namely, the cut in the respite care grant and in child benefit. I was surprised by the Government's decision to procee...More Button

Most people find it difficult to comprehend how the reduction in the respite care grant can be worth the saving of €26 million it will yield. It defies logic that the Government would go down th...More Button

Apart from making their job more difficult, the cut in the respite care grant is an insult to carers because it detracts from the value of what they do. We should be taking the absolutely opposi...More Button

There were alternatives available to the Government in this budget. We are told that the corporation tax rate is sacrosanct and an increase would lead to a diversion of foreign direct investment...More Button

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

I also support the amendment and many others that we will not have an opportunity to address. I do not accept it is a good idea to introduce a property tax. A property tax seems like a good idea ...More Button

Crazy amounts of stamp duty were paid. We say that everyone in Europe pays house tax but they did not pay stamp duty on primary residences. It is unheard of in Europe. If one purchased a house...More Button

There is a notion that the local authorities will pay the tax on social housing but the local authorities are all broke. How will they get the money? They will get money from the clients and pu...More Button

Other speakers mentioned pyrite. Aside from properties identified as being affected by pyrite, the State has an obligation to ascertain whether a property is affected by pyrite. Many people are...More Button

With regard to deferrals, the Minister makes the point that it is not a massive amount over a long period of time. For many people in Ireland, the notion that they will die and have debts hangin...More Button

The powers being given to the Revenue Commissioners are monumental. This is the most draconian legislation that has been introduced in the House because of these new powers. It represents a ser...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on whether the joint initiative between her Department and the Department of Social Protection to develop a new after school childcare scheme targeted at low income families will create a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on the proposed after school childcare scheme which falls short of calls for the development of a system of Scandinavian style childcare here; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button