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Gilmore, Eamon

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Estimates for Public Services 2012

I move the following Supplementary Estimate:More Button

  Vote put and agreed to.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed)

Debate resumed on the following motion:More Button

Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

This is a difficult and hard budget that will hit many people’s pockets. However, it also is a necessary, honest and fair budget. This budget is not an end in itself but is a step that, as a coun...More Button

We would all love to go back in time and to start again from a different and more favourable place. We would all like to undo and roll back the damage that was done to the people by the greed of...More Button

There are many in this House whose favourite word is "austerity" and the word is bandied around at every possibility. However, the Government is not engaged in a policy of austerity. It is enga...More Button

That is the key point as a country that cannot fund itself cannot function, and the economy of that country cannot function either. Once the creditworthiness of the State is undermined, there are ...More Button

The first step on the route to recovery is to restore financial stability and rebuild the creditworthiness of the economy. This budget is part of that process. Such was the extent of the proper...More Button

The Government has been clear that fiscal consolidation on its own will not solve our problems. We have a three-dimensional crisis and we need a three-dimensional solution involving restructurin...More Button

The domestic economy, which is still a major challenge, is beginning to stabilise. The budget measures announced last year assisted the normalisation of the property market that is taking place,...More Button

The biggest drain on the domestic economy is the uncertainty and fear that surrounds the problem of household debt. Before the end of the year, the Personal Insolvency Bill, a massive undertakin...More Button

In my own portfolio, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, announced the extension of the foreign earnings deduction for companies that are sending key personnel to develop new trade opportuni...More Button

Nobody in this Government is under any illusion about the scale of the challenge we face. The problem of unemployment and the tragedy of forced emigration are a significant loss of human and eco...More Button

The notional cost of borrowing as expressed in the bond yield has fallen to new low levels. The National Treasury Management Agency is making a phased return to the market and yield on long-date...More Button

To sustain that progress, there is no alternative to getting our public finances under control. A deficit of 8.2% of GDP, while falling, is still extraordinarily high and we must reduce it; ther...More Button

We have also made an important commitment to an area-based child poverty strategy, which will build on a number of highly successful pilot projects that were jointly resourced by the State and At...More Button

Despite the immensely difficult financial circumstances, we have managed to find resources to continue providing new social housing units and to maintain the effort in urban regeneration. This f...More Button

The wealth tax package includes the reduction in the standard fund threshold so that the State will no longer subsidise pensions of more than €60,000 per annum. There is a progressive structure ...More Button

The reform of pensions policy comes after years of debate and analysis that highlighted the inequity of what was once some €3 billion in tax reliefs. By capping relief rather than standard ratin...More Button

The introduction of a property tax will impact significantly on households across the country. I do not expect people to be happy about paying a property tax but it must be recognised that this ...More Button

Those who oppose the property tax will have to explain to their electorates how they intend to provide services on the very same streets they are canvassing. When combined with the changes to loca...More Button

This budget is not only about deficit reduction but also about reform. It is not only about building a financial bridge to a more stable future but also about shaping that same future. While th...More Button

In social protection, we are developing a system that is far better suited to the needs of a modern open economy, in line with principles similar to the "flexicurity" approach driven by social de...More Button

In health, we are driving ahead with our primary care strategy and have published a roadmap setting out the steps towards universal health insurance. Despite all the financial problems and the p...More Button

Notwithstanding the many financial constraints we face, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, has been one of the most reforming justice Ministers of the modern era and has ...More Button

After a series of hard budgets, we now have an income tax code which is among the most progressive in the developed world. This budget makes the system even fairer. The challenge we face, howev...More Button

We are also bringing transparency and reform to the system of political funding. I note that no single measure caused as much outrage among members of the Technical Group yesterday as the sugges...More Button

The hypocrisy we have heard from that quarter now comes with a price attached.More Button

For the people of Ireland, what this budget does is bring the end into sight. No one can understate the sacrifices and no one should overstate what has been achieved. However, we can see progress...More Button

This is the centenary year of the Labour Party. The men and women whom I have the honour to lead in this House know full well the cost this budget will bring to the families and communities they...More Button

Middle East Peace Process

Was asked: if he has raised concerns regarding the proposed Israeli plans for an additional 3,000 settlement homes in East Jerusalem with his EU colleagues; if the EU has any plans to confront this issue; and...More Button

Was asked: if he has raised concerns regarding Israeli plans for an additional 3,000 settlement homes in East Jerusalem with the Israeli Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: in view of accelerated illegal settlement development by Israel in the East Jerusalem area if he will once again raise the issue of banning imports from illegal Israeli settlements with his EU coll...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 3, inclusive, together.More Button

In my statement of 3 December I made clear the Government’s concern and strong criticism of the announcement by Israel of 3,000 additional settlement units in East Jerusalem, as well as plans to ...More Button

It is also deeply troubling that, at a moment when the Palestinians were signalling that their success at the UN would permit them to re-enter direct negotiations with Israel, that the response o...More Button

Following agreement on a concerted response at EU level, the Israeli Ambassador was invited in to my Department on 4 December and asked to convey to his Government our deep concern and disappoint...More Button