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Burton, Joan

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

If it looks like an election budget, if it sings like an election budget and if Leo's choir cheers it like an election budget, then it is an election budget. As I listened today, I could not help ...More Button

What a price we had to pay for those delusions - lost jobs, lost dreams, lost lives and a lost decade. However, it appears that those hard-earned lessons are to be casually ignored, for no other r...More Button

For me, this is a type of Krispy Kreme budget. It tastes delicious to the Fine Gael Members here and their followers in the Independent Alliance. It is sure to go down very easily, but it is ve...More Button

It leaves a very flat taste in the mouth.More Button

The Comptroller and Auditor General has done us a huge favour by highlighting the startling finding that some of Ireland's richest citizens, with a net worth of €50 million, have a taxable income...More Button

There was a similar outcry over a decade ago when my research highlighted a scandalous situation where some people with declared income in excess of €1 million annually managed to reduce their ta...More Button

The same is true with regard to corporation tax. Again, the Comptroller and Auditor General has produced valuable data on how different companies, foreign and domestic, approach taxation. Some ...More Button

We can still retain a competitive edge in the market for foreign direct investment while insisting that companies here pay an effective tax rate of between 6% and 8%, at least. That would offer ...More Button

I wish to comment on the health budget, that most voracious user of tax euro and a financial black hole if ever there was one. I must confess I gasped with amazement when the Minister, Deputy Do...More Button

The Minister for Health is fond of his Instagram and Twitter accounts and "Please make it stop" was one of his gems. That is exactly what taxpayers want when they observe the annual weary announ...More Button

I recall a year when I had nursed the Social Insurance Fund back from a €2 billion deficit to solvency. It appeared in that October that the Government would have the funds to restore some valua...More Button

In 2015, under the then Minister for Health, Deputy Varadkar, it was €600 million and subsequent years were not much better. One could forgive it if there was a tangible benefit to be observed in ...More Button

While today's debate is focused on the specific measures announced by the Minister today, they involve only a tiny percentage of the total income and expenditure of the State for 2019. The full ...More Button

It is an awful legacy to leave them. This is spinelessness. Irish households create astonishing amounts of carbon emissions. They are way higher than in most other European households. Why? It...More Button

June 2018 was the driest month in the Phoenix Park for well over 100 years. We have just experienced a remarkable and memorable summer, following an eventful winter of storms and snow. Long est...More Button

It is true that the national plan commits substantial resources to dealing with this matter in future years but I remain sceptical that there exists any genuine sense of urgency to drive the nece...More Button

For example, we urgently need to fast-track the upgrade of water infrastructure to guarantee supply and to eliminate the shameful contamination of our beaches and rivers. Have the dramatic weath...More Button

In yet another budget child benefit has been ignored. I find this incomprehensible. For most families in Ireland child benefit has long been a valued addition to the family budget, helping to p...More Button

As a consequence, child benefit is the State's unique way of recognising some of the cost of rearing children. I hope the Government has not set its mind on a policy of eroding the value of this b...More Button

In addition, the Government has again ignored the domiciliary care allowance, which I find to be simply mean. This is paid to families who qualify and are paid a monthly stipend in respect of a ...More Button

It says 5% in the budget booklet. That is modest because schools are being put to the pin of their collars to meet their running costs. If it is an older school building such as an old parish sch...More Button

I mention the living wage and in that context I wish to look under the bonnet and see some features of the economy that can often be hidden from view but have a significant impact on the lives of...More Button

The gender pay gap has finally and belatedly come to the fore and it will need a sustained sector by sector effort to close off this running sore. In more general terms, we should recognise that...More Button

Additionally, a sustainable wage boost can encourage workers to make better provision for their pension pots. I am a strong advocate of auto-enrolment in private pension schemes but that can be ...More Button

I wish to refer briefly to the budget allocation for international development aid. The Taoiseach has been eloquent on his travels about Ireland’s global footprint. It is a worthy ambition and ...More Button

I worked in Tanzania with Irish Aid and the Agency for Personal Service Overseas, APSO, for a number of years and I went back there last year on a private visit. I had the opportunity to spend s...More Button

Some of these involve very modest financial contributions but produce excellent results in healthcare and other fields. There is a marked improvement in the treatment and prevention of malaria in ...More Button

As GDP increases at a steady pace so too must Ireland’s aid budget. If Ireland boasts of some eye-catching economic growth figures then it follows automatically that the aid budget must increase...More Button

All budgets to some extent are political statements but this one takes the biscuit as one of the most nakedly political and election budgets I have experienced in my time here. Every sentence is...More Button

I saw the timid measures in the budget to support the long cherished concept in Ireland of people being able to buy their own homes. Take a plumber married to a hairdresser, a nurse married to a...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Value-Added Tax (Continued)

How much is it?More Button

Flood Risk Assessments

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 192 of 11 July 2018, if there has been further progress in the evaluation of the flooding in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a selection process has commenced or if the appointment of a principal for the Gaelcholáiste for north County Kildare has occurred in view of the fact that the principal was due to be appointed ...More Button

Schools Refurbishment

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a design team has been appointed for the refurbishment and extension to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a design team has been appointed for the construction of a school (details supplies); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: when construction will commence on a new school (details supplied); when phase 1 of the construction project will be completed; when is it expected phase 2 of the construction project will be compl...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress to date with the construction of a school (details supplied) which commenced construction in May 2017; when construction will be completed; when the new school will be ready for occupa...More Button

Schools Building Projects Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he has received the revised pre-qualification report from the design team in relation to a school (details supplied); if it has been reviewed; when tenders will be invited from the shortlist of ...More Button

Schools Designation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a decision has been made on the application by a school (details supplied) to become co-educational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the required clarifications have been received from the vendor of the site for schools (details supplied); if satisfactory, if a design team can be appointed for both projects; and if he will ma...More Button

Consultancy Contracts Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the cost of both domestic and foreign consultants in respect of the BusConnects programme by the NTA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rail Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the additional capacity that can be added to the existing services on the Kildare rail line in the second half of 2019 arising from the refurbishment of existing rolling stock that can be put into ...More Button