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Ó Cuív, Éamon

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 5: Excise (Continued)

I want to deal first with the issue of the unregistered VAT. I will be told that this is a small cut but it is €18 million out of the pockets of small farmers.More Button

Yes, except the very large-----More Button

The very big farmers who are registered for VAT do not come under this and if Deputy Hayes listened to what-----More Button

It was the Taoiseach-----More Button

It was the Taoiseach who made that point. It is extraordinary that this cut is being imposed in a year of unprecedented bad weather. One might say it is not a big cut but when it is added to the ...More Button

I will explain the amount being lost in the farm assist scheme. For example, if a single person or a couple with no children had income from the farm of €100 they will have lost €30 under the prev...More Button

Deputy Hayes should not forget that I set up the rural social scheme and eliminated that problem.More Button

If the Minister expanded the rural social scheme it would resolve a lot of this problem too.More Button

In terms of understanding and working on these issues, when the €80 million is added to this further cut and to other cuts the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced this eveni...More Button

It is interesting that although the Minister made great play about some tax breaks he was giving to larger farmers, when one looked at the figures one could see that even those farmers were not g...More Button

I am delighted that the Government is moving against off-road vehicles because it was one of the most abused aspects of Irish society. I agree with that change. It is overdue and it is a change...More Button

Unlike the Deputy from Sinn Féin, I believe VRT is a reasonably fair tax. One is not obliged to buy a new car and one is not obliged to buy a big new car. I would much prefer that as a tax-----More Button

You do not have to buy a big new car.More Button

One has much more discretion about that than a tax on one's house. When we talk about the cross-Border aspect, therefore, we must not forget that if one pays the VRT on this side of the Border, at...More Button

That is a fact.More Button

I want to make a final point. When we introduced the change in the rates of taxation for energy-efficient cars it was not foreseen that the industry would change so rapidly and that there would be...More Button

-----particularly on bigger new cars and bigger older cars because, for those who have a 1.6-litre or a 1.9-litre car, €690 per year is a considerable burden. Many of those people cannot afford to...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged areas payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button