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Ó Cuív, Éamon

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

Before I deal with the details of the budget, I wish to express concern over some underlying trends. The Government would claim that one of the failures of the Celtic tiger period was that the ove...More Button

More seriously, the overall economic performance was glossed over in the Budget Statement by the Minister for Finance. He blandly stated that we had achieved a debt-to-GDP ratio of 8.2% and that...More Button

The budget normally concerns itself with tax revenue and voted Government expenditure. When we look at the voted Government expenditure for the past year, we see that the sums were on the wrong ...More Button

As I have pointed out time after time, there is a hidden time bomb in respect of the Department of Social Protection because it is storing up ever more applications that must be back paid to the ...More Button

On the tax side, we see that income tax receipts are falling below targets. When we take the total tax bundle into account, we can see it did not raise the revenue expected this year. A similar...More Button

I accept that we must close the gap between expenditure and income and have no problem with taking hard decisions. It is well known that I believe it is imperative that we do a deal on bank debt...More Button

I will give the Minister an example. The tax rises tend to have an effect on a household, therefore irrespective of the wealth of the household, the tax and social welfare changes have an equal ...More Button

On the other hand, if the burden had been imposed on the top end of income tax and, for example, if an extra charge on the PAYE worker earning over €100,000 was imposed, the extra revenue generat...More Button

I give credit to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine because he took on board some suggestions I made to the agriculture committee. I took the risk of engaging in the process and h...More Button

The Minister will cost a farmer with an income of €100 from farming €30 a week. A farmer with three children in receipt of the farm assist payment with an income of €200 from the farm will have to...More Button

Social Insurance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person who was working in the public sector and also had self employment income at the same time is entitled or obliged to pay self-employed PRSI on the self employed income; if these contribu...More Button

Water and Sewerage Scheme Grants

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to increase the grants for group sewerage schemes; if there was any provision in budget 2013 to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Programmes

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the amount of money spent under the Clár programme by his Department in each county each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Traveller Accommodation

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the budget allocation for traveller accommodation allocated by his Department each year since 2007; the amount of this expended each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 a 2012 disadvantaged area 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 a 2012 disadvantaged area 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) will be paid a 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of applications for a derogation under the disadvantaged areas scheme that have been examined to date; the number in which the derogation was granted and the number refused; the number o...More Button