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

Kyne, Seán, Kyne, Seán

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

It is safe to say that most countries have some form of local property tax or charge and it is an internationally accepted way of funding local service provision. A local property tax is a steady ...More Button

Other than setting commercial rates and, in recent years, water charges for farmers and businesses, we relied on the local government fund and grants. Motor taxes went to the Central Fund. The re...More Button

The context for this debate is the EU-IMF programme, which includes the introduction of a property tax. It is a requirement of the programme that we widen our tax collection sources. Furthermor...More Button

That debate is well known.More Button

We have debated this issue in the constituency which Deputy Ó Cuív and I share. Last year Fianna Fáil opposed the flat rate household tax but now it wants to keep that tax and oppose this more pro...More Button

Sinn Féin's policies in the North differ from its approach in the South. In a partitionist policy, it supported increases of 10% to household rates between 2011 and 2014, with charges amounting ...More Button

It is right and proper that the Revenue Commissioners be charged with collecting this tax. While it is important to debate the principles of the tax, once any new tax is levied, it is important ...More Button

While I have sympathy for Deputies Mitchell and Mitchell O'Connor, local property prices reflect the area in which one lives and the services available locally. For example, in urban areas there...More Button

Everything must be paid for either by direct taxation or through local charges. The Putting People First document on local government reform is worth reading in this regard. With greater local ...More Button

Fianna Fáil got rid of rates.More Button