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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Budget Statement 2013 (Continued)

The entire approach to this budget is flawed. The Government is taking €3.5 billion from the Irish people and handing it to Anglo Irish Bank as payment on a debt we never owed. The Government is ...More Button

The Government brought forward virtually no meaningful investment measures. Instead, it announces a cut to funding in our third level sector. This is madness. What is the result? Yes, GDP is ...More Button

The Government spoke earlier about fairness. Let us examine the numbers. Between 2012 and 2013, if one earns €20,000, income tax will increase by 1.3%. If one earns €120,000, it will increase ...More Button

The austerity only approach does not work, a point on which history is unambiguous. Further payments to the banks cannot be justified when this is being asked of the people. The Government make...More Button

I accept the deficit must be closed if the Government stops the €5 billion payment to Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide and takes back the €1.1 billion pension top-up from AIB and directs it ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 9: Income Tax (Continued)

I would like to respond to that. I have spent a lot of time looking at numbers and analysis. The no-change budget was released by the Department of Finance last Saturday. One cannot put a balanc...More Button

It was only on Saturday that we found out the gap that had to be closed is €2.5 billion. One cannot put a balanced budget together without that.More Button

It cannot be done. The Deputy may not understand. I will explain it to him afterwards; it is not that complicated. It cannot be done.More Button

I will tell the Deputy what he has been doing - he has been submitting nonsense.More Button

It cannot be done without a no-change budget. The notion that the Deputy would not understand that after the amount of time he has spent in here absolutely baffles me.More Button

If the Government wants members of the Opposition to submit proposals based on what would happen if nothing changed, and then they put in a budget to say that these are the things they would change...More Button

Next year, the Tánaiste might consider releasing the no-change budget three months in advance, as is standard practice all over the world.More Button

You destroyed the country.More Button

You tried to outbid them in every budget.More Button

I met them several times.More Button

Rubbish.More Button

Where is the Government's poverty impact assessment?More Button

The Tánaiste has nothing. Where is the Government's poverty impact assessment?More Button

The Government does not have one, does it?More Button

Tax Yield

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of duty collected annually for rapeseed oil; if a cost benefit analysis has been conducted on this duty; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tribunals of Inquiry Reports

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will disclose any ongoing or planned investigations as a result of the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, the Moriarty tribunal; and if he will make...More Button