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Smith, Brendan

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Carbon Tax Collection

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this topic and appreciate that the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, is present to respond to it.More Button

As a Border county Deputy representing the counties of Cavan and Monaghan, I have a particular concern about the smuggling of fuel across the Border, not just diesel and petrol but also solid fue...More Button

Domestic solid fuel in the North is already cheaper due to a 5% VAT rate, compared to a 13.5% VAT rate here, and an exemption from the British Government's climate levy. However, as announced in...More Button

Introducing these phased carbon tax increases on solid fuels without considering their impact on poorer families and the increasing incidence of fuel smuggling is not a good example of joined-up ...More Button

When the introduction of a carbon tax was first mooted in 2009, the solid fuel trade group, the industry's representative body, stated: "The proposed carbon tax would introduce a 22.5 per cent wh...More Button

From an environmental point of view, it is worth noting that Scottish coal has a relatively high sulphur content, nearly three times the maximum allowed in the Republic. The industry has estimat...More Button

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government yesterday announced his decision to press ahead with a nationwide ban on smoky coal. There will be benefits from that decision bu...More Button

Representations have been made directly to me by many small-scale fuel merchants who are concerned that they will have severe difficulty remaining in the trade, particularly those in the three So...More Button

Carbon Tax Collection (Continued)

I thank the Minister for his reply. I compliment the Revenue Commissioners on the excellent work they have been doing in recent years to deal with the scourge of washed diesel and the illicit trad...More Button

In his concluding sentence, the Minister said that the Revenue Commissioners would liaise with the bodies to which I referred. One of the fuel merchants made the point that they need assurance t...More Button

EU Presidency Agenda

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide a progress report on Ireland's EU Presidency in so far as it relates to defence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Overseas Development Aid Provision

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the position regarding our Third World aid and our spend for each of the past four years in actual terms, as a per cent of GDP; his current policy regarding reaching 0.7% by 2015; if same is still ...More Button

Pensions Levy Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: the position regarding the levy imposed on private pension funds; the date on which this commenced; the length of time it will be in place; the levies that have been collected to date; if the legis...More Button

VAT Rebates

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will clarify the matter in relation to VAT refunds on disabled persons extensions and walk-in showers for elderly with mobility problems; if he will outline the projects which do not allow th...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the funding provided generally for disability services in each of the past four years to disability agencies generally; to St. Michael's House and, in relation to St. Michael's House, the services ...More Button

Road Network

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the up to date position regarding the proposed development of the N2 Clontibret to the Border road scheme and the A5 road project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button