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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputies Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Mattie McGrath.More Button

Yesterday, I spent an hour on the radio debating with the German ambassador. Among other things, we debated Ireland's banking collapse and the subsequent €64 billion of debt. The ambassador is cl...More Button

What he said was reminiscent of what I have heard in other parts. A few months ago, members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform met members of the Bundest...More Button

I make the point to the Tánaiste that not only are these views incorrect, they are very dangerous for the Government's efforts in trying to negotiate a substantial write-down on the €64 billion. ...More Button

Of course, the banking collapse was not just our problem; it was Europe's problem and, in truth, it is Europe that has gained. We have not gained. Most of the banks are gone - they are dead, or...More Button

Why is this happening? I would say it is partly down to a diplomatic failing on behalf of the Government and, maybe, of all of us. The Government has focused on rebuilding Ireland's reputation,...More Button

Our so-called rescue package, as the ambassador put it, was, in fact, a rescue package for the European financial institutions. I accept that the Tánaiste's position is difficult, but I ask him to...More Button

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

The Government's refusal to allow Dáil Éireann to have adequate time for a meaningful debate on the Social Welfare Bill is outrageous. This Bill will push many people into poverty, yet the Governm...More Button

This Bill will push men, women and children in this country into poverty. We do not know how many it will push into poverty, because the Government has not even had the decency to conduct a prop...More Button

Why does the Minister not means test child benefit? The Government says that is not possible. It can set up NAMA, invent promissory notes, figure out how to tax everybody's house, but it cannot...More Button

The removal of the PRSI threshold will affect more than 1 million workers and will hit those who have the least more than anybody else. In its defence, the Government points to a progressive tax...More Button

Since 2009, the annual child benefit for a three-child family will have fallen by more than €1,600 a year following this budget. For many people, that is the difference between being at risk of ...More Button

Family Income Supplement Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 369 of 27 November 2012, regarding the report she is reviewing from the advisory group on tax and social welfare regarding cost-effective solutions as to how e...More Button