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McNamara, Michael

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business (Continued)

Even by Deputy Martin's standards.More Button

Does Deputy Kelleher want to come down to discuss it?More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to express my views on the budget, many aspects of which are disappointing. I am particularly disappointed that there was no increase in the universal social charge on in...More Button

I have consistently argued that the cut to the respite care grant could be avoided by imposing a 3% surcharge on the universal social charge for pensions of more than €60,000. Only retired banke...More Button

However, cuts to the social protection budget have to be implemented in the fairest way possible and should impact least on those who have the greatest needs. Those who drive to work from towns ...More Button

Much as I dislike the worst aspects of the budget, such as the manner of social welfare cuts and PRSI increases, as one Deputy out of 166 I have a choice to make. I do not intend to throw my han...More Button