Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to

Stanley, Brian

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Continued)

This is supposed to be a property tax Bill, but, if we were to be honest with ourselves, we would realise it is not such a Bill but one imposing a tax on the family home. The Bill gives new dracon...More Button

Let me use this opportunity to challenge some of the untruths propagated by the Taoiseach and, in particular, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan. ...More Button

We are trying to change this. If the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes, can give us any help in so doing, we will be glad of it.More Button

We want fiscal independence from London and the support of the Irish Government in this regard. In the Six Counties rates are based on the valuation of one's home. They are used to fund both lo...More Button

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency stated the average rates bill in the Six Counties was £789, not £1,400 or £2,000, as stated by the Tánaiste, Deputy Eamon Gilmore. I would hav...More Button

Rates allow for the provision of the following public facilities and services: education, including school books, transport and meals; emergency services, including fire services, for which we pa...More Button

Now that we have the facts, I want the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, and his fellow Ministers to refrain from spinning untruths about a part of ...More Button

Before the break I outlined the situation in the Six Counties and I am glad it is on the record. It is a pity the Minister, Deputy Hogan, was not in the Chamber to hear it given his misrepresentat...More Button

The home tax has been promoted by the Government and in particular by the Minister, Deputy Hogan, who claims it will be used to fund local authorities and the services they provide. However, in ...More Button

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has again cut funding to local government by 25% and this will further strangle the provision of local services. The local autho...More Button

In a further attack on the elderly and people with disabilities, the Government has callously cut housing grants by €20 million. This will directly affect those people who depend on housing adap...More Button

With one hand the Government continues to slash funding for local government while with the other hand it forces home owners, regardless of income, to compensate their local councils for these cu...More Button

What makes this Bill even more unjust is the fact that there is no need to introduce it. The Government does not have to impose further punishment on those who have suffered so much and will suf...More Button

That is the fact of the matter. In the Minister's attempt to avoid being held to account, he is ramming this Bill through the Houses before the Christmas recess. That is a desperate action by a d...More Button

One gets services in the North.More Button