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Pringle, Thomas

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

In the run-up to the budget, we were constantly told it would be fair and equal and that those who can pay would do so. Yesterday, we saw where the truth lies. Low earners are left to bear the br...More Button

Yesterday, we were told we are near the end of the austerity budgets. Again this morning, the Minister said 85% of the heavy lifting has been done. He fails to understand that many people just ...More Button

Removing the €127 PRSI exemption threshold will cost every worker earning more than the minimum wage €264 per annum. A person earning €18,000 a year will pay the same PRSI increase as we Deputie...More Button

The Minister for Finance said PRSI is good value, especially for those on the lower end of the income distribution scale and those who have shorter contribution histories. If these people's voic...More Button

Labour made much of wanting to increase the universal social charge for those earning more than €100,000 per year, but they lost that battle to their masters in the coalition. Nevertheless, they...More Button

Now the troika is being blamed for the PRSI increase; it was forced upon the Government. That must be what the Minister is telling the Labour Party backbenchers to make them accept this.More Button

The Irish League of Credit Unions offered the Government €5 billion for investment but the Government would not take it. There are other lenders that could be tapped into. The social insurance ...More Button

No one is sneering.More Button