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 Header Item Tax Law Reform and Codification Advisory Committee Bill 2018: First Stage

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 971 No. 1

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[The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney]  The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Creed, set up a fodder group, which met last week, and Teagasc is keeping in close contact with farming organisations. Farmers will need to plan for their own situations. Obviously, that will depend on how the weather changes in the coming weeks. At the moment, there is a need to focus on animal welfare in terms of shelter, water and supplementing grass feed with concentrates and silage where required. There is also a need to plan for the months and winter ahead in terms of the availability of silage for that period. Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will work with farmers on that.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster Last Friday, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Humphreys, and an entourage of other Ministers visited Drogheda. Deputy O'Dowd was in tow for the photo opportunity. They were launching Project Ireland 2040 and they each arrived with one arm as long as the other. There was no firm commitment to anything for Drogheda in the plan - not to fund the northern cross route, not to remove the slip road toll on the town, not to reinstate the town clerk position, which the Government removed, and not to provide an IDA-designated site for inward investment. There was nothing other than spin, spoof and photographs. What does the Government's plan have for Drogheda other than third tier status?

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney We have had many opportunities to debate the Project Ireland 2040 and how we will spend €116 billion over the next ten years to make that a reality. Like many towns, cities and other urban centres, Drogheda stands to benefit significantly from that level of investment.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster How?

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I will not start going into individual projects-----

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster There is nothing.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney -----on the floor of the House this afternoon.

Deputy Pat Buckley: Information on Pat Buckley Zoom on Pat Buckley Page 67 of the programme for Government reads:

A National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health will be established to consider how best to introduce and teach resilience, coping mechanisms, greater awareness to children and young people, and ... we will invest in SafeTALK and ASIST courses.

When will this happen?

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Our Department will shortly publish a well-being strategy. It will involve a range of commitments to roll out programmes, including the one that the Deputy referenced, which will be expanded later in the summer to make further provision. We regard the well-being strategy as a high priority and are investing more resources in the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, to back it. It has been well received by the various education stakeholders with whom we consulted. We look forward to rolling it out in the coming months.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl That concludes questions on promised legislation. Unfortunately, 11 Deputies were not reached.

Tax Law Reform and Codification Advisory Committee Bill 2018: First Stage

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to establish a permanent body to monitor, review and advise on the implementation, reform and codification of tax law; and to provide for connected matters.

This statutory body would be tasked with monitoring, reviewing and advising the Minister for Finance on matters concerning the implementation and reform of tax law and would add a significant building block to our tax infrastructure.

  Since the Apple judgment, the publication of the Panama Papers and other controversies in the past two years, I have argued that Ireland needs a standing commission on taxation. If established in law, this committee would examine case law judgments, issues arising from our membership of the EU and OECD, the all-too-common controversies about the use of tax loopholes and other international tax developments.

  The key aim of the Bill is to tackle once and for all the emerging international view of Ireland as a tax haven.

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