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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 1: Alcohol Products Tax (Continued)

I agree with Deputy Pearse Doherty that it is no way to treat Members of the House to call out an order without circulating it. It is the least the Ceann Comhairle could have done, in my view, to ...More Button

It is very disappointing that the Government is taking this approach. This measure is no substitute for an alcohol strategy. The steering group produced a draft strategy 18 months ago which con...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax (Continued)

I very much share the concerns that have been expressed by earlier speakers about this measure. It is one of a number of measures which will result in the health service going into free fall. The...More Button

We are supposed to be moving towards a situation where health services are more accessible, more affordable and more equitable, and the result of these measures today, and actions that have been ...More Button

I very much object to the presentation of this by the Minister, Deputy Noonan, earlier on where he claimed this was merely about "gold-plated" health cover. This is about hitting those who are s...More Button

Other budget measures will see 35,000 people over the age of 70 years lose their medical cards. The new income limits and all income limits applying to the over 70s are gross income limits. For...More Button

The Government is making health care far less accessible to 35,000 people over the age of 70 years. In addition, the other provision in the Budget Statement is to make savings of €113 million fr...More Button

I share the concerns expressed by other speakers. We are facing a really difficult period in health due to inaction, the lack of joined-up thinking and any plan under consideration by the Govern...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 7: Income Tax (Continued)

Following on from Deputy Michael McGrath's question, I did not hear the full exchange but would like the Minister to clarify whether PRSI will apply to savings such that DIRT and PRSI combined will...More Button

I agree that the approach is wholly unsatisfactory as a means of dealing with very significant budgetary proposals. No briefing at all has been provided. There is no explanatory memorandum for ...More Button

For self-employed people, is that 45%?More Button

I ask the Minister to clarify that. Is it not the case that self-employed people already pay PRSI on their savings and that the intention is to impose 4% PRSI on employees savings?More Button

I would like a bit more clarity on that. What is an insignificant amount? If a PAYE employee has savings and he or she earns interest on those savings, that interest is actually unearned income. ...More Button

A sum of €100 in interest can be significant to people. Is the Government now intending to take €45 out of that €100 in tax?More Button

Tax Reliefs Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: if, in respect of Appendix D of the Green Paper on Pensions, he will provide the same information in respect of PRSAs and RACs for the latest year for which figures are available.More Button

Tax Yield

Asked the Minister for Finance: the cost to the Exchequer for every €100 increase in the standard rate cut off point for income tax across all categories.More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: the tax exemption limits and the related rate of marginal relief applying to single and married persons under 65 years.More Button

IDA Staff

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the number of personnel in whole-time equivalent terms in the Industrial Development Agency in each of the following earnings brackets: less than €20,000, €20,001 to €30,000, €30,001 to €40,000, €4...More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if his attention has been drawn to ongoing public concerns regarding anti-social activity in Dublin city centre, particularly on weekend nights; the actions gardaí are taking to deal with the probl...More Button

Hospital Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a public patient (details supplied) in Dublin 9 was charged the €75 bed levy despite their surgery being cancelled after admittance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Roads Maintenance

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if a special allocation for the upgrade of roads will be made to those local authorities that will host a stage of the 2014 Giro D'Italia; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button