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McGrath, Michael

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Over the course of discussions today and tomorrow, the European Council is expected to give formal endorsement to the move from the first to the second phase of negotiations on the United Kingdom's...More Button

Fianna Fáil broadly welcomes last week's deal as it pertains to the island of Ireland. However, given the vastly different interpretations being put on that deal, we must accept that the most di...More Button

In her speech in Florence last August, the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, called for a transition period of two years. Given the level of complexity involved across different sectors ...More Button

On the question of what can be achieved in phase 2, the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, has said that while an agreement on a future relationship can only be finalised and con...More Button

The Government is right to guard against any potential backsliding away from the deal that was announced last week. Translating it into binding legal text in a draft written agreement would be an ...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

What has been said over the past number of days makes that even more important. I am seeking to clarify the Government's position on the question of the transition period. Ireland is now, hopeful...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

I raise the matter of the insurance (amendment) Bill in the context of the ongoing fallout from the collapse of Setanta Insurance. Almost 1,600 claims remain outstanding and policyholders now face...More Button

Help-To-Buy Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 149 of 5 December 2017, if the help-to-buy scheme applies in this instance (details supplied).More Button

Legal Proceedings

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of legal proceedings in which he and the Attorney General are cited as the defendants (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Stamp Duty

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to compensate private pension holders that had a pension levy imposed on their pension funds for a number of years as part of the jobs initiative of 2011; if his attention has been drawn ...More Button

Fiscal Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if the figures given for net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 include the changes announced in budget 2018; the amount by which the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if the figures given for net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 include the public pay agreement; the amount by which they impacted o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if the figures given for net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 include the changes announced in mortgage interest relief; the amount...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if the figures given for net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 include indexation measures; the amount by which they impacted on the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if the figures given for net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021 include the capital envelope of €4.3 billion outlined in Exchequer ca...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if there are outstanding costs in relation to Irish Water that will affect the net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021; if changes mad...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, if demographic effects have been factored into the base for the calculation of the net fiscal space for 2019, 2020 and 2021; the amount...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 30 November 2017, the way in which local property tax is accounted for in the base calculation of net fiscal space; the impact in each of the years 2019,...More Button

State Claims Agency Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and value of claims paid out by the State Claims Agency in each the past five years; the number and value of claims that were settled out of court; the number and value of claims settled...More Button

State Banking Sector

Asked the Minister for Finance: his strategies for returning each of the State-supported banks fully to the private sector; the timeframe for the full privatisation of each of the banks; the individual value of the State’s shareh...More Button

Employment Investment Incentive Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of entities availing of the EIIS; the number of which are private investors, SMEs and microenterprises; the average annual relief for each private investor, SME and microenterprise; the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and value of EIIS claims made each month for the past 24 months; the number and value of claims left outstanding each month for the past 24 months; the average time taken to process each...More Button

Mortgage Interest Relief Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of mortgage holders availing of mortgage interest relief, MIR; the number of mortgages availing of MIR; the cost in 2017 of MIR; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of mortgage holders that will still avail of MIR on 1 January 2018 in view of the changes announced in budget 2018; the number of mortgages that will still avail of MIR; the projected co...More Button

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Investments

Asked the Minister for Finance: the annual return from ISIF in each of the years since its creation including 2017; the annual return from the global portfolio, domestic portfolio and directed portfolio respectively in each of th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount invested by Activate Capital in 2017; the average interest charged on the finance provided; the number of homes completed in each of the years since its creation including 2017; the way ...More Button

Tax Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the annual cost of the research and development tax credit in each year since 2012, including 2017; the number of multinationals claiming the credit in each of these years; the taxable profits of t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the reason for the shortfall in income tax compared with target as outlined in the November 2017 fiscal monitor; if he will provide an outturn versus target breakdown of income tax, by PAYE, self-a...More Button

Knowledge Development Box

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of companies availing of the knowledge development box; the cost of the programme in 2016; the number of MNEs obtaining the relief in 2016; the cost of these claims; the number of MNEs t...More Button

NAMA Portfolio

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of the planned wind-up of NAMA; the details of the portfolio that is remaining; the current estimate of the timeframe and the financial outturn from the wind-up of NAMA; and if he will m...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of the planned wind-up of NAMA; the details of the portfolio that is remaining; the estimated timeframe; the estimated financial outturn from the wind-up of NAMA; and if he will make a s...More Button

EU Budget Contribution

Asked the Minister for Finance: the expected impact Brexit will have on Ireland's annual contribution to the EU budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the gross contribution Ireland has made to the European Union budget per annum from 2010 to 2016; the estimated contribution in 2017; the net benefit or contribution made in each year, in tabular f...More Button

IBRC Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of fees paid to barristers, senior and junior counsel by IBRC since the appointment of the special liquidators; the name and amount paid to each recipient; the estimated total profession...More Button

Banking Sector Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the Central Bank has a policy on whether bank ATM machines should dispense €10 notes to persons; the practice of retail banks here in dispensing €10 notes; if there is a policy as to whether the...More Button

Mortgage Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of unregulated loan owners in the Irish mortgage market for private dwelling houses, PDHs, and buy-to-lets, BTLs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of residential mortgages here that are classified as sub-prime; the number of sub-prime lenders currently operating in the market; the value of sub prime mortgages outstanding; the rate ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of rent receivers appointed to date in respect of buy-to-let properties for each of the State-supported banks; the number of buy-to-let properties affected by such appointments; the numb...More Button

Small and Medium Enterprises Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of SME loans owned by unregulated loan owners; the number of unregulated loan owners in the market here that own SME loans; the number of SME loans owned by unregulated loan owners that ...More Button

Central Bank of Ireland Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he or the Central Bank has a record of the number of commercial loans that have been sold on by the original underwriter; if so, the details of same; if the Central Bank must be notified when a ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the fines greater than €100,000 imposed by the Central Bank on financial institutions over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Credit Register Establishment

Asked the Minister for Finance: when the central credit register will be fully operational; the steps that have been taken to date in its implementation; if personal contract plans and hire purchase agreements will be included on...More Button

Personal Contract Plans

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of personal contract plan providers, PCPs, here; the number and value of PCPs currently in existence; the number and value of PCPs that are behind on their payments; and if he will make ...More Button

Financial Services Regulation

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of payday loan providers here; the number and value of loans outstanding to payday loan providers; the number and value of payday loans in arrears; the average interest rate on payday lo...More Button

Legislative Programme

Asked the Minister for Finance: if there will be a second Finance Bill; if so, when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Revenue Commissioners Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount owed by businesses to the Revenue Commissioners under each tax heading; the age profile of the arrears; and the steps the Revenue Commissioners are taking to engage with businesses curre...More Button

Central Bank of Ireland Staff

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of contract outsourced staff employed at the Central Bank; the roles they perform; the daily salary of each, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the staffing levels in the Central Bank by functional area; the staffing levels in 2015 and 2016; the number of vacancies by functional area; the length of time these vacancies have been open; and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the staff numbers in the Central Bank in each of the years 2008 to 2017 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Small and Medium Enterprises Debt

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of small and medium enterprise debt outstanding from the latest available data; the amount which is in arrears; the amount classified as non-performing; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the staffing levels in his Department by division; the staffing levels in 2015 and 2016; the number of vacancies by division; the length of time these vacancies have been open; and if he will make ...More Button

Revenue Commissioners Staff

Asked the Minister for Finance: the staffing levels in the Revenue Commissioners by functional area; the staffing levels in 2015 and 2016; the number of vacancies by functional area; the length of time these vacancies have been o...More Button

National Treasury Management Agency Staff

Asked the Minister for Finance: the staffing levels currently in the NTMA by functional area; the staffing levels in 2015 and 2016; the number of vacancies by functional area; the length of time these vacancies have been open; an...More Button

IBRC Mortgage Loan Book

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and overall value of IBRC private dwelling house, PDH, residential mortgages sold by the special liquidator; the details of each transaction including the identity of the purchaser; the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and overall value of IBRC buy-to-let mortgages sold by the special liquidator; the details of each transaction including the identity of the purchaser; the number and overall value of BT...More Button

IBRC Loans

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and overall value of IBRC commercial loans sold by the special liquidator; the details of each transaction including the identity of the purchaser; the number and overall value of commer...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number and overall value of IBRC SME commercial loans sold by the special liquidator; the details of each transaction including the identity of the purchaser; the number and overall value of SM...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if following their appointment the special liquidators of IBRC changed the interest rates being charged by the bank on commercial loans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the procedure in place from the date of nationalisation and, if different, from the date of the appointment of the special liquidators for the setting and of changing of interest rates on specific ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the average interest rate charged on private dwelling house mortgages, buy-to-let mortgages, SME commercial loans and other commercial loans in IBRC’s loan book; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Bank Guarantee Scheme Bond Repayments

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount received to date in respect of fees for the 2008 bank guarantee scheme and the eligible liabilities guarantee scheme; the proceeds received from the sale of banking-related assets; the v...More Button

Central Bank of Ireland Supervision

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the Central Bank has issued guidance to financial institutions for assessing loan applications on the issue of considering evidence of gambling transactions on the bank statements of persons who...More Button

IBRC Liquidation

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of the special liquidation of IBRC; the details of the portfolio that is remaining; the estimated timeframe; the financial outturn from the liquidation; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Corporation Tax

Asked the Minister for Finance: the gross amount of corporation tax paid in 2017 by the top ten multinational groups as measured by corporation tax paid; the proportion this represents of overall corporation tax paid in 2017; the...More Button

NAMA Loan Book Value

Asked the Minister for Finance: the book value and estimated market value of the loan assets held by NAMA; the details by geographic area, for example, Ireland, the UK and so on; if a decision has been made to accelerate the disp...More Button

Credit Union Lending

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount and purpose of public funding that has been required to date by the credit union sector; the amount collected from credit unions by way of the levy; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Insurance Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of applications made and accepted, respectively, for declined insurance in each month of 2017 and each year since 2014 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Negative Equity Mortgages Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of households in negative equity; his views on the implications of this for the wider economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

European Central Bank

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of Central Bank and his Department's staff seconded to the European Central Bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of European Central Bank on-site inspections of Irish financial institutions in 2015, 2016 and 2017; the number carried out by ECB staff; the number carried out by the Central Bank on be...More Button

Insurance Coverage

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if the OPW has reached agreement with the insurance industry regarding the use of demountable flood defences; if the insurance industry has given assurance that flood cover will be reinstated once ...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the amount of funding budgeted in 2017 for flood relief works; the amount actually spent to date; the budget for such works in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Prison Service

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on the criticisms made of the Prison Service in a report (details supplied) concerning the transfer of a certain prisoner.More Button

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when a hearing will take place in relation to an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: if the HSE has discretion in the application of a certain rule (details supplied) under the nursing home support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: the calculation of the contribution to cost of care assessment for a person (details supplied) in County Cork under the nursing home support schemeMore Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the approval of a drug (details supplied) for inclusion in the HSE's reimbursement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons, including nurses, home help assistants and so on paid by the HSE that have received correspondence in recent months informing them that they have been overpaid for a particul...More Button

Disability Support Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 933 of 11 September 2017, the progress in securing a residential placement for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is profoundly disabled; the outco...More Button

Hospitals Car Park Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: the HSE's policy in relation to the operation of car parks within hospital grounds; the amount of revenue collected by hospital in respect of those car parks nationally; his views on the charges pe...More Button

Waste Management

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the progress that has been made between his Department and private waste collectors in providing waivers or extra allowances in relation to the pay by weight system for families that have children ...More Button

Mortgage to Rent Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of mortgage-to-rent transactions that have been fully completed to date by lender, local authority and approved housing body; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of mortgage-to-rent applications each month in 2017 up to when the scheme was revised; the number of applications each month since the scheme was revised; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of approved housing bodies here; the number that have undertaken a mortgage-to-rent scheme; the number of mortgage-to-rent transactions undertaken by each approved housing body; and if h...More Button