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Doherty, Pearse

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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NAMA Social Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he or his Department have engaged in discussions or negotiations with the National Asset Management Agency to act on its requirement to provide a social dividend by releasing properties for soci...More Button

Migration Data

Asked the Taoiseach: the actual net migration to this State between April 2006 and April 2011; the estimated intercensal estimate of net migration between those same two dates and the reason for the difference; the ste...More Button

Tax Yield

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated return to the Exchequer in a full year from the introduction of a new rate of tax of 48% on individual income in excess of €100,000.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated return to the Exchequer in a full year by increasing the rate of capital gains tax from 30% to 40%.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated return to the Exchequer in a full year from raising the rate of capital acquisitions tax from 30% to 40% and reducing the thresholds by 25%.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated once-off saving for the Exchequer by abolishing the ability of incorporated bodies to claim trading losses against profits made in previous years for the purposes of tax returns. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated return to the Exchequer from introducing a tax on online gambling of 5%.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated return to the Exchequer from increasing the tax on betting shop profits from 1% to 5%.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has examined the potential for a wealth tax; and the estimated return to the Exchequer from a 1% wealth tax on individual wealth in excess of €1 million.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the current rate of deposit interest retention tax; the way DIRT is applied; and the sum that could be raised for the Exchequer if DIRT was increased by five percentage points.More Button

Tax Reliefs Cost

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide a comprehensive list of all tax reliefs paid from the Exchequer in 2011, including the estimated full-year cost per relief; if he will further provide the full-year cost of each ...More Button

Tax Reliefs Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: the earnings cap for pensions contributions; and the estimated return to the Exchequer if the earnings cap was reduced to €75,000 and pensions tax reliefs then granted at 20%. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will list remaining property tax reliefs; if he will state the legacy cost of these reliefs on the Exchequer and the estimated return for the Exchequer of abolishing these reliefs in 2013 and...More Button

Tax Reliefs Availability

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated savings for the Exchequer in 2013 and in a full year from standardising tax reliefs. More Button

Budget 2012

Asked the Minister for Finance: if a preliminary impact assessment, including an assessment of the cost to the Exchequer of the measures contained within, of the 2012 Finance Act has been undertaken; and if so, if he will state i...More Button

Financial Services Regulation

Asked the Minister for Finance: the principal person or persons at an audit firm (details supplied) who was or were responsible for the audit of the financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2008, of the bank formerly ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the steps taken by the bank formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank to seek redress from an audit firm (details supplied) in respect of any failure to identify irregularities in the financial statements...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the steps taken by him or agencies acting under his aegis to seek redress from auditors (details supplied) in respect of any failure to identify irregularities in the financial statements for Anglo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the principal person or persons at an audit firm (details supplied) who was or were responsible for the audit of the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008 at Irish Life and Perma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: following the uncovering of mis-selling of interest rate hedging products such as caps, collars, swaps and structured collars in banks in Britain, the steps taken by the Central Bank of Ireland and...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will confirm the heading in the Exchequer statement to which the circa €32.5 million award in the case of a company (details supplied) and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Loca...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the annual cost of producing the average house price series by his Department; the justification for this expenditure in view of the Central Statistics Office monthly Residential Property Price Ind...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme.More Button

Departmental Legal Cases

Asked the Minister for Finance: following the judgment in the case of a company (details supplied) in respect of the Garda station on Harcourt Terrace, Dublin, the reason the completion notices served upon the State by the compan...More Button

Exchequer Revenue

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount raised for the Exchequer in residential house sale related stamp duty for each year from 2000 to date in 2012.More Button

Property Taxation Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: if stamp duty on residential homes will be abolished if a property tax is introduced.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has contacted the Revenue service regarding the implementation of a property tax.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the steps the Revenue service are undertaking in preparation for the implementation of a property tax.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if a new property tax will be applied to commercial buildings.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the length of time it will take to implement a property tax; the model that will be used and estimates of compliance percentages.More Button

Bank Guarantee Scheme Bond Repayments

Asked the Minister for Finance: in view of the recently published report and accounts for the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for the six months ending June 2012, which state that IBRC will be wound down by 2020, if he will exp...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the most recent projected ultimate outturn at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in which he is the sole shareholder; and if the management of IBRC still believes there will be a return of funds...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the most recent projected ultimate outturn at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in which he is the sole shareholder takes account of the circa €13 billion in total lifetime interest that is ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount that will be paid in debt related interest in 2013; and the amount of this interest that can be attributed to debt acquired by the State as a result of banking recapitalisation.More Button

NAMA Bonds

Asked the Minister for Finance: in view of the recently published report and accounts for the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for the six months ending June 2012, which state that IBRC will be wound down by 2020, the way the cl...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 217 of 12 June 2012, if he will confirm that when he refers to the term "break even", he means the redemption in full by National Asset Management Agency of it...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if on 1 March 2012, the National Asset Management Agency has, in respect of its subordinated bonds, declared any interest payable.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the quantum of fees paid to date by the National Asset Management Agency in respect of the State guarantee on €25 billion-plus of NAMA bonds; and if no such fees have been paid, the basis on which ...More Button

EU Directives

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to the EU summit statement on 29 June 2012, which states similar cases will be treated equally, if he will set out the efforts that he has made to reverse the condition imposed on the State...More Button

NAMA Accounts

Asked the Minister for Finance: following the publication on 25 July 2012 of the National Asset Management Agency report and accounts for the three months ending 31 March 2012, the reason legal fees booked during the quarter of €...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: following the publication on 25 July 2012 of the National Asset Management Agency report and accounts for the three months ending 31 March 2012, the reason the portfolio management fees booked duri...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: following the publication on 25 July 2012 of the National Asset Management Agency report and accounts for the three months ending 31 March 2012, what the expense heading, other administrative expen...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 12 June 2012 and following the publication on 25 July 2012 of the National Asset Management Agency report and accounts for the three months ending 31 Ma...More Button

National Treasury Management Agency Bond Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to the issuance on 26 July 2012 of new five-year and eight-year bonds and the exchange of bonds maturing in 2013 and 2014, the reason for the bond issuance and exchange at this time in view...More Button

NAMA Debtors

Asked the Minister for Finance: of the 1,000 debtors/850 debtor connections controlled by the National Asset Management Agency, if any are currently active judges within the Irish judiciary. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: of the 1,000 debtors/850 debtor connections controlled by the National Asset Management Agency, if any are current members of the Oireachtas. More Button

NAMA Operations

Asked the Minister for Finance: in respect of interest rate hedging arrangements, if the National Asset Management Agency has, pursuant to section 87 of the NAMA Act, excluded liability arising from the misselling of such arrange...More Button

NAMA Property Construction

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of residential units in the State which the National Asset Management Agency plans, either itself or via its receivers or its debtors, to construct on or on which to complete constructio...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the square footage of commercial units in the State which the National Asset Management Agency plans, either itself or via its receivers or its debtors, to construct on or on which to complete cons...More Button

Banks Recapitalisation

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an explanation of the €25 million payment of promissory notes shown in the July 2012 Exchequer statement.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an explanation of the €300.273 million receipts under the heading of Interest on Contingent Capital Notes shown in the July 2012 Exchequer statement. More Button

Insurance Compensation Fund

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will lay before the House, the latest accounts and projections of the Insurance Compensation Fund.More Button

Quinn Insurance Limited

Asked the Minister for Finance: his estimate of the total cost of rescuing Quinn Insurance; the consideration he has given to an inquiry into the finances of Quinn Insurance and the discharge of duties by auditors, Pricewaterhous...More Button

NAMA Staff Numbers

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of employees that have resigned from the National Asset Management Agency since 1 January 2012; and the number of new employees engaged by NAMA from that date.More Button

NAMA Staff Pensions

Asked the Minister for Finance: the total cost of pension provisions for employees at the National Asset Management Agency in the 12 months ending December 2011; and the estimate of pension provisions at NAMA in the 12 months end...More Button

NAMA Code of Conduct

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will lay before the Houses of the Oireachtas a copy of the National Asset Management Agency’s procedures and employment contract extracts which set out to deal with potential conflicts of int...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the safeguards that the National Asset Management Agency has in place to prevent confidential or privileged knowledge acquired during the course of employment at NAMA being subsequently used by dep...More Button

NAMA Property Sales

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of properties that have been sold by the National Asset Management Agency, its receivers or debtors to NAMA employees, former NAMA employees, their families and associates, and the total...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the consideration that has been given by the National Asset Management Agency to adopting practices from other State asset management agencies, such as the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,...More Button

NAMA Staff

Asked the Minister for Finance: if any employees seconded by the National Treasury Management Agency to the National Asset Management Agency have resigned from either organisation, and who have subsequently been engaged by organi...More Button

NAMA Proposed Merger

Asked the Minister for Finance: the consideration that has been given to the merger of the National Asset Management Agency with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation; and the scope for reducing competition between the two State ...More Button

IBRC Investigations

Asked the Minister for Finance: the quantum of maximum potential additional costs that the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation may incur should IBRC's appeal against the 27 July 2012 decision by the High Court in England in respect...More Button

National Pensions Reserve Fund Administration

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the National Pensions Reserve Fund has received the independent valuation review, referred to in its quarter one 2012 review, of its shareholding in Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland; and if...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the most recent valuation of the State’s shareholdings in the covered institutions including Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks and Permanent TSB in tabular form; and the basis and dates of such v...More Button

Mortgage Interest Relief Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount spent on mortgage interest relief in 2011.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount estimated to be spent on mortgage interest relief in 2012 and 2013 respectively.More Button

Mortgage Debt

Asked the Minister for Finance: the estimated value of the Irish residential mortgage book; and if there is a breakdown of mortgages by value on a year-by-year uptake from 2002 to date in 2012. More Button

State Banking Sector

Asked the Minister for Finance: the current value of shares held by the State in Irish banks; and when negotiations will begin in Europe on Irish banking debt.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if this State will be setting a minimum value for which it is willing to sell Irish bank shares to the ESM, and if such a policy is to be pursued. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if a study has been undertaken to ascertain the long term economic value of current shares held by the State in Irish banks.More Button

Land Acquisition

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private land owners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Capital Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private land owners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme.More Button

Asked the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private land owners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Petroleum and Gas Exploration

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will provide an explanation for the €2,059,000 payment under the heading of Marathon Petroleum Ireland Limited in the July 2012 Exchequer statement. More Button

Mortgage Interest Supplement Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount estimated to be spent on mortgage interest supplement in 2013.More Button

Exploration Licences Approvals

Asked the Minister for Communications; Energy and Natural Resources: the steps being taken to increase non-revenue income for the State, specifically with regards to payments related to natural resources.More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications; Energy and Natural Resources: the individual gas or oil extraction projects currently being undertaken in Irish territories; the licence arrangements in place for these projects; and the total projected return to the State from...More Button

Broadcasting Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Communications; Energy and Natural Resources: the loss recorded at RTE in 2011; and the impact of the circa €50 million additional pension liability incurred by RTE during 2011.More Button

Homelessness Strategy

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: his plans to phase out the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for dealing with homeless persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Charges Application

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to the compliance rates with the second home tax; the number of dwellings to which the tax is applicable; the number of dwellings that have paid the tax in 2011; and...More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private land owners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide a list of the payments made by the State to private landowners in 2010 and 2011 to acquire land for use in the public capital programme. More Button

Garda Stations Closures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in respect of the Garda station on Harcourt Street, Dublin, the reason the station was not vacated and handed over in accordance with the terms of the contract; if he will confirm that temporary ac...More Button

Garda Strength

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide a breakdown, in tabular form, of the number of gardaí in each district and rank in County Donegal for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number and rank of positions within the gardaí in each district in County Donegal that are not currently filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

National Lottery Funding Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline the safeguards in place to ensure an equitable distribution of the national lottery discretionary funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline, in tabular form, the number and the total value of applications received from County Donegal for funding under the national lottery discretionary fund and the number of these th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline, in tabular form, the amount of funding allocated to organisations based in County Donegal under the national lottery discretionary fund for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012;...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline, in tabular form, the number of hours of home help provision contracted between the Health Service Executive and Home Instead in County Donegal for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline, in tabular form, the number of hours of home help provision contracted between the Health Service Executive and Blue Bird Care in County Donegal for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline the total number of special needs assistant hours allocated to the child care sector in County Donegal for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline the total number of special needs assistants applied for by the child care sector in County Donegal for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will outline the total amount allocated to the funding of special needs assistants in the child care sector in County Donegal for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a s...More Button

HSE Staff Responsibilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will detail the guidelines issued to doctors and hospitals with respect to the reporting of adverse side effects of drugs to patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has any concerns with respect to the drug aliskiren, trade name Rasilez, if he is aware of other countries that have outlawed the drug; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Procedures

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an explanation for the long delay in a person (details supplied) in Dublin receiving medical treatment for a prolapse disk.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will consider reversing the decision to cut the disabled sheltered allowance, which was cut from €31.80 per week to €20.00 per week; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Closures

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide details of his discussions with his counterpart in the Six Counties in relation to Lifford Community Hospital, County Donegal; the expected impact these discussions will have on ...More Button