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Doherty, Pearse

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage

A number of amendments have been ruled out of order, and I am not challenging the ruling of the Ceann Comhairle in that regard. There is, however, a need for clarification for future legislation. ...More Button

Amendment No. 1, which has also been ruled out of order, gives the Government the opportunity to look at other revenue collecting possibilities by imposing a real property tax. If we are debatin...More Button

As we go through the Bill we will see that we are, in many instances, taxing debt. Where people have mortgages that are in excess of the value of their family home, we are taxing a liability or ...More Button

There are 88 amendments before the House and we have three hours to debate Committee Stage, which gives us less than two minutes per amendment. Deputies also have a democratic right to call vote...More Button

Section 1 deals with when the Act will come into operation and the Title of the Act, which deems it a local property tax. That is an offence to what is contained in the legislation because it is n...More Button

In their election manifestos, every Deputy from Fine Gael and the Labour Party, including the Minister for Finance, told the electorate they were opposed to an annual recurring residential proper...More Button

This will be a tax on debt. This is not a tax on property. It is a tax on people's mortgage liabilities and on negative equity. People paid thousands, if not tens of thousands, of euro in stam...More Button

It is embarrassing for the Minister, given the commitments he gave when he walked the highways and byways telling people there would not be an annual recurring residential property tax. It is an...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Continued)

Deputy Bannon has not read the Bill.More Button

On a point of order, every Deputy is entitled to have a say on this Bill. We are reporting progress and we are on section 1 of the Bill, which has 157 sections. We are half way through the debate...More Button

The Minister can call it a bombardment but it is a farce that we will not even get past section 2 of the Bill or deal with the fact that the Revenue Commissioners will be given certain powers or th...More Button

  Progress reported; Committee to sit again.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

PRSI is work.More Button

They are liabilities for some.More Button

It is not in the Bill.More Button

What is the country? The country is families and the people.More Button

PRSI.More Button

Deputy Bannon did not read the legislation. The Minister will be aware that the Deputy has not read the legislation.More Button

Is that the better speech?More Button

On a liability of €200,000, that is what the Minister fails to understand.More Button

It is on the average asset, which is the liability.More Button

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

They bought an apartment just to get on the property ladder, paying €450,000 for it. That couple cannot pay their mortgage and the two-bedroom apartment they live in is worth a fraction of the pur...More Button

There is also a group of individuals who have had to adapt their houses. An individual living on an island off the coast of Donegal had the misfortune of having a family member in a serious acci...More Button

These constitute some of the most unfair elements in this legislation. The Minister knows I am completely opposed to the legislation and do not want to see it going through the House but I indic...More Button

He is the shining light as he called on the Minister to bring forward an easy payment system. He did not call on the Minister to consider the section deducting from farm payments or social welfare...More Button

According to the Minister, we have not provided a pittance of information or analysis of issues that can be taken up. The Minister and the Government promised this legislation would be fair. The ...More Button

How ridiculous was An Taoiseach to stand in this House and parade in to introduce the vampire tax that will suck the lifeblood from home ownership? They are his words. It will grind people into t...More Button

It is easy and cheap of the Minister to dismiss our comments as rhetoric. There is an idea that we want the pain inflicted by the Government on ordinary people the length and breadth of this Sta...More Button

Some of them are lucky to have the property rented out and may be able to meet some of the mortgage costs that arise, whereas others have simply abandoned their homes. The families in Perth could ...More Button

I had intended to move four amendments to address four key issues and it was not my fault that they were rolled into one. The Minister has stated he will not accept amendments tonight but will r...More Button

It is wrong to refuse to take into account the large amounts of stamp duty paid by people in the years after 2000. I referred to the political parties which rushed into the fold and engaged in a...More Button

The Minister referred to growth in gross domestic product. I can say hand on heart that no one will be more satisfied than me if we achieve GDP or GNP growth of 3%, 4% or 5%. Getting the countr...More Button

Deputy Brian Stanley and another speaker referred to an issue I had not intended to raise, but I will do so. Last week, before a public meeting commenced, a girl who works in my office told me s...More Button

The Government could accept the amendment. While I am aware that it must reach its targets, it is wrong to propose to generate €500 million in a full year through a property tax. One cannot gen...More Button

The amendment, which is four measures rolled into one, is sensible and I ask the Minister to consider it. While he may dismiss Sinn Féin's proposal for a wealth tax, he could implement alternati...More Button

As the mover of the amendment, can I ask the Government to allow for extra time so we can hear the Minister's reply?More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the residents of Priory Hall, Dublin, are to be levied with the property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if homeowners whose homes have Pyrite issues will be levied with the property tax.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if homeowners who currently pay management fees will be levied with the property tax.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if any exemption will be given from the property tax to homeowners who have paid stamp duty in the previous nine years.More Button

NAMA Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 11 December 2012, if he will confirm the fees paid by the National Assets Management Agency or its debtor for the provision of an independent valuation ...More Button

NAMA Staff Pensions

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to the announcement by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in which he is the sole shareholder of 100% of the shares, that IBRC has engaged a person (details supplied) as chief risk offic...More Button

Banking Sector Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will confirm the reason the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland (details supplied) is earning in 2012 approximately 40% less than his deputy.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an explanation as to the reason there are at least six staff at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation earning more than €400,000 per annum whilst no staff at the National Asset M...More Button

NAMA Portfolio Value

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide the financial quantum of loans net of provisions being managed by the National Asset Management Agency at 30 June 2012 and being managed by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation ...More Button

Banks Recapitalisation

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide the latest estimate of the dates by which the National Asset Management Agency and the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation will be wound up.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will outline the metrics by which he assesses the ongoing performance of the National Asset Management Agency and the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: further to Parliamentary Question No. 311 of 18 September 2012, when he said that the National Asset Management Agency does not compete with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for resources and ...More Button

NAMA Operations

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide the profit or loss of the National Asset Management Agency for the six months ending 30 June 2012 and the profit or loss of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for the same per...More Button

Property Taxation Collection

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will confirm if the Revenue Commissioner has preferential creditor status relating to debts accruing for non-payment of the property tax, that is if there is non-payment on a property and the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the consideration given when forecasting the revenue to be generated by the new property tax, to deferrals and charges for unpaid tax, reducing the loans recovered by banks who may have mortgages o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide a projection of receipts for the new property tax in 2013; if the same degree of non-compliance as pertains in 2012 for the household charge applies in 2013 for the property tax.More Button

Ambulance Service Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide clarification on the five vacancies that exist for paramedics in the north western region; the length of time that these vacancies have existed; when they will be filled; and if ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason paramedics from the North Western Region who are located outside of this region are unable to avail of the national transfer policy to return to the north west; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of paramedics seeking a transfer to the North Western Region; the lengths of time waiting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mobility Allowance Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide in tabular form the annual cost and number of recipients of the mobility allowance scheme in each of 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide in tabular form the estimated annual cost and number of recipients of the mobility allowance scheme in each of 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 if the upper age limit of 66 y...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide by year for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012, the volume and value of settlements under the mobility allowance scheme pursuant to discrimination actions on the grounds the al...More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide in tabular form the annual cost and number of recipients of the motorised transport grant in each of 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012.More Button

Mobility Allowance Decision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide by year for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012, the cost of the motorised transport grant if the recommendations of the Ombudsman's report of 22 November 2012 were to have been...More Button

Departmental Legal Case Numbers

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide in tabular form for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 the total compensation, and the associated volume of cases, paid by his Department in respect of legal actions taken on f...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide in tabular form for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 the total compensation, and the associated volume of cases, paid by his Department in respect of legal actions taken on f...More Button

Sale of State Assets

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: further to a report in a Sunday newspaper that Coras Iompair Eireann has sold the freehold interest in several properties in Spencer Dock in Dublin city centre for a reported €20m, if he will confi...More Button