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Donohoe, Paschal

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2019

Today I present my second budget to the House and to the Irish people as Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.

INTRODUCTION

  A decade on from t...More Button

Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

We now have record employment. There are over 380,000 more people at work today than there were at the low point in 2011 and the rate of unemployment is at its lowest level in a decade. Our polic...More Button

I acknowledge that where we find ourselves today is not where we want to be. There is much work to be done to reduce the level of homelessness, find permanent solutions for those in temporary and ...More Button

However, from a point where housebuilding was close to a standstill a number of years ago, the Government has made, and is continuing to make, progress. In the past 12 months, 5,000 households h...More Button

The housing needs of over 25,000 of our people will be met this year alone and by the end of 2018, over 70,000 housing solutions will have been delivered under the Rebuilding Ireland programme. Of...More Button

The rate was due to be 100% by 2021 but will now be effective from 1 January 2019.

Local Property Tax

  I announced a review of the local property tax, LPT, earli...More Button

I am announcing a further increase of €1.05 billion in health funding for next year. This brings the health budget to €17 billion. Taken together, the additional investment in health in the past ...More Button

The allocation I am announcing today will facilitate a range of additional services, including initiatives proposed under Sláintecare. These include a €25 increase in the weekly income threshold f...More Button

An additional €84 million will be provided for mental health services in 2019, bringing the total available funding for mental health to €1 billion. This is an increase of 9%. More Button

Total available funding for the National Treatment Purchase Fund, NTPF, will be €75 million in 2019. The extra €20 million I am making available today represents a substantial 36% increase on la...More Button

I am also providing €150 million more for disability services next year to bring total funding in this area to almost €2 billion.More Button

With regard to the 2019 capital envelope for health, €174 million has been provided, bringing the total capital allocation to €670 million for next year.

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SOCIAL WELFARE

I will now turn to social welfare. Last year, I was in a position to increase all weekly social welfare payments and I am pleased to announce that I can do so again ...More Button

A new paid parental leave scheme will be introduced in November 2019 to provide two extra weeks' leave to every parent of a child in their first year. I intend to increase that to seven extra week...More Button

That is why I am setting aside some of this revenue for the rainy day fund. This means the risk of permanent expenditure on the basis of transient receipts is reduced.

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-----and their children from €310,000 to €320,000.

Film Corporation Tax Credit

  To support the continued growth of the film industry in Ireland, I am legi...More Button

As part of this process, we will review the withholding tax obligations for peer-to-peer lending companies with a view to their amendment, as appropriate, following the introduction of legislation....More Button

These increases will take effect from 1 January 2019 and generate an additional €40 million in 2019 and €52 million in a full year.

Climate Change

  Budget 2019 b...More Button

In 2019, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment will invest over €164 million in targeted measures to achieve Ireland's energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives i...More Button

-----€70 million for the targeted agricultural modernisation scheme; and additional funding of €70 million for the environment and waste management programme.More Button

In relation to tax measures, I am extending the VRT relief for hybrid vehicles until the end of 2019. I will then review these reliefs in the context of the overall changes to VRT brought about by...More Button

However, it is also a part of our society which faces a number of threats with Brexit posing specific challenges. To support the sector and, in particular, disadvantaged farmers, I am allocating a...More Button

The 2019 capital allocation of €220 million includes construction of the forensic science laboratory; investment in Garda ICT and the purchase of Garda vehicles; and works on Limerick Prison.
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For the 150,000 self-employed workers who make up an important part of our economy, the earned income credit will be increased by a further €200 to €1,350.More Button

  The income tax changes I am making today are responsible - they are targetted. They provide targeted relief for those on lower and middle incomes. They do not erode our tax base and t...More Button

The budget I have announced today is a progressive budget with an emphasis on strengthening our national finances. It is a responsible budget for a modern and caring Ireland that aims to be at the...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 4: General

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  Written answers are published on the Oireachtas website.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 12.20 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.More Button

Vehicle Registration

Was asked: the records of registration that are kept in respect of ownership of motorbikes, scramblers and other off-road vehicles; the location in which these records are kept; the agency charged with admini...More Button

Vehicles are registered by Revenue under the provisions of the Finance Act 1992, Part II, Chapter IV. Motorcycles, scramblers and other off-road vehicles must be registered if they are designed an...More Button

The registration record produced when a vehicle is registered includes data in relation to the vehicle and data in respect of the person registering the vehicle. With regards to the vehicle, the...More Button

The vehicle and personal data (except for the PPSN) is transmitted on a daily basis to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, which maintains the National Vehicle Driver File and records...More Button

Farm Household Incomes

Was asked: if an extension of income averaging can be made available to all sectors with regard to income volatility experienced by many farmers from year to year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Decisions on taxation matters, including decisions (if any) in relation to farm income stabilisation measures, are made in the context of the annual Budget process. The Deputy will understand that...More Button

Tax Compliance

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) is on the correct rate of tax with regard to their pension.More Button

I am advised by Revenue that it has recently reviewed the tax affairs of the person in question and is satisfied, based on the information on record, that their rate of tax is correct.

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Oireachtas Banking Inquiry

Was asked: the progress made on implementing each recommendation of the banking inquiry with relevance to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I will address the Deputy's question in relation to the progress made on implementing each recommendation of the Banking Inquiry with relevance to my Department by firstly explaining the broader ch...More Button

Literacy Programmes

Was asked: the involvement of his Department in tackling adult literacy; if a financial allocation is provided for same; if so, the way in which it is utilised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has no specific financial allocation provided for tackling adult literacy.More Button

As part of Public Service Reform, our colleagues in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform promoted the use of plain English and provided plain English language training courses in 2016,...More Button

Imports and Exports Data

Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding import and export statistics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that it provides statistical information on the movement of goods into and out of Ireland to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), based on Intrastat return...More Button

Occasionally, Intrastat returns include inaccuracies, such as incorrect reporting of commodity codes by traders. Following a request from the CSO for a review of figures that were included in a ...More Button

The Revenue Commissioners has advised me that it is working with the CSO to correct the data as quickly as possible. The CSO will then ensure that the revised information is provided directly to...More Button

Tax Avoidance

Was asked: the plans he and the Revenue Commissioners have to address the loss of tax revenue through tax avoidance schemes outlined in the Comptroller and Auditor General's annual report; and if he will make...More Button

Was asked: his views on the September 2018 annual report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, which found that a quarter of 140 high-net-worth individuals had taxable income of less than the average indust...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 53 together.More Button

It is Revenue’s role to ensure compliance with tax legislation and to collect the correct tax due based on taxable income determined in accordance with tax legislation. This requires taxpayers t...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the findings in the Annual Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) include references to the taxable income of high wealth individuals (HWIs) and the ra...More Button

I am advised by Revenue that it has had a particular focus on HWIs over a long period. HWIs have been managed by dedicated units with its Large Cases Division since it was established in 2003. ...More Button

I am satisfied that the structural realignment being advanced by Revenue combined with the mandatory disclosure regime which applies to marketers, promoters and users of ‘disclosable’ transaction...More Button

Furthermore, the High Earners Restriction, which aims to limit the use of certain tax reliefs and exemptions by those on high incomes, is meeting its objective.More Button

As detailed in the recently published Revenue report on the operation of the High Income Earners Restriction, in 2016 some 149 high-income individuals with an adjusted income of €400,000 or more ...More Button

The 2016 report also shows that 372 high-income individuals with an adjusted income of up to €400,000 (i.e. where the restriction applied on a graduated basis) paid an average effective tax rate ...More Button

The performance of this measure is noted by the C&AG in the recent report. The report notes the relatively high effective tax rate on income earned by high wealth individuals (which in 2015 was ...More Button

Tax Data

Was asked: the estimated cost of all tax expenditure inclusive of the domicile levy and all other tax reliefs and credits; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by Revenue that the available information in respect of the cost of tax expenditures (credits, allowances and reliefs) is published on Revenue’s statistics webpage at More Button

Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

Was asked: his plans to review the qualifying criteria for the disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme; the primary medical certificate which underpins it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you may be aware, the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme provides relief from VAT and VRT (up to a certain limit) on the purchase of an adapted car for transport o...More Button

Budget 2019

Was asked: the estimated structural balance in 2019 for every €100 million spent in excess of the €800 million outlined in the summer economic statement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can advise the Deputy that all else being equal, each €100 million will worsen the structural balance by c. 0.03 percentage points.

  As I have said previously, this is money ...More Button

Was asked: if consideration will be given to the issues raised in a pre-budget submission by an association (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that it is a longstanding practice of the Minister for Finance not to comment, in advance of the Budget, on any tax matters that might be the subject of Budget decisions.More Button

NAMA Operations

Was asked: if NAMA has interests, current or historical, in lands or debts connected to the current difficulties of a company (details supplied); and the detail of these interests and transactions, including ...More Button

I am advised that the company to which the Deputy refers was engaged by a receiver to undertake the construction of a residential development over which NAMA holds security. I am advised that the c...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I, as Minister for Finance, have no role in respect of NAMA's commercial operations or decisions, or those of its debtors and receivers. It would not therefore be ap...More Button

Credit Union Services

Was asked: the progress made on the confidence and supply commitment to develop a strategy for the growth and development of the credit union sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government has a clear policy to support the strategic growth and development of credit unions delivering the comprehensive recommendations set out in the Commission on Credit Unions Report and...More Button

Since 2011 my Department has put in place a number of measures to assist the credit union sector. These measures include: More Button

- establishment of the Commission on Credit Unions in 2011; More Button

- publication of the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012; More Button

- establishment of the Credit Union Restructuring Board, ReBo, which oversaw 82 restructuring projects involving 156 credit unions during its lifetime: these newly merged credit unions are now be...More Button

- availability of €250 million for voluntary restructuring of credit unions facilitated by ReBo;More Button

- establishment of a stabilisation levy to support credit unions that are undercapitalised but are otherwise viable; andMore Button

- establishment of a Resolution Fund for the resolution of financial instability in, or an imminent serious threat to the financial stability of, a Credit Union, as well as the provision of €250 ...More Button

More recently, on the basis of a CUAC recommendation, an Implementation Group was established to oversee and monitor the implementation of the CUAC Report’s recommendations. The group, which meet...More Button

In addition, following consultation with the Credit Union sector, revised regulations for credit unions commenced on 1st March 2018 which make changes to the investment and liquidity requirements...More Button

While there are challenges to returns arising from the low yield environment and low loan to asset ratios, the sector continues to show signs of improvement reflected in growth in new lending, de...More Button

The Central Bank is due to publish a Consultation Paper in Q4 2018, as part of its review of the current long term lending limits for Credit Unions which may facilitate improvement in loan to ass...More Button

Business model development is another challenge facing the sector and to this end the Central Bank has set up a dedicated Business Model Unit within the Registrar of Credit Unions and has develop...More Button

This Government recognises the important role of credit unions as a volunteer co-operative movement and its priorities remain the protection of members' savings, the financial stability of credit...More Button

Fuel Laundering

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 83 of 3 July 2018, if his attention has been drawn to new techniques being employed by fuel smugglers utilising a form of distillation of diesel fuel that succ...More Button

I am advised by Revenue that they recognise the serious threat that fuel fraud poses to legitimate business, consumers and the Exchequer and that tackling this criminal activity has been and remain...More Button

Carbon Tax Implementation

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an increase in carbon tax on solid fuel in the forthcoming budget will lead to an increase in illicit trade in solid fuels to the detriment of legal...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, it is a longstanding practice of the Minister for Finance not to comment, in advance of the Budget, on any tax matters that might be the subject of Budget decisions.More Button

In relation to the issue of the illicit trade in solid fuels, as I, and my predecessor, have pointed out before, the collection of solid fuel carbon tax is heavily reliant on the regulatory regim...More Button

European Union Single Market constraints preclude the use of any cross-border movement controls in the administration of Solid Fuel Carbon Tax. Therefore, Revenue has no authority to stop vehicl...More Button

I am advised that Revenue is in contact with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to discuss the effectiveness of the regulatory regime for solid fuel and to explore h...More Button

Insurance Costs

Was asked: if further and detailed consideration will be given to the ongoing concerns of an association (details supplied) regarding exorbitant insurance costs and the overall level of awards; and if he will...More Button

I note the attached press release of the Alliance for Insurance Reform to which the Deputy refers. I also welcome the recent statement of the Chief Justice on the Opening of the New Legal Year and...More Button

The Alliance for Insurance Reform has played an active role in highlighting the issue of the cost of insurance, particularly for businesses and voluntary organisations. My colleague Minister D’A...More Button

Finally, I think it is important that the focus of the Cost of Insurance Working Group continues to be on implementing the recommendations of its two Reports. As I have stated previously, I beli...More Button

Pension Levy Yield

Was asked: the yield from the private pension levy in each of the years in which it was applied; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by Revenue that the yield for all relevant years from the Stamp Duty levy on pension schemes is as set in the following table.

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Ministerial Communications

Was asked: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

The Department of Finance does not have a specific policy in relation to the use of private email for Government business. More Button

ICT services to the Department of Finance are provided by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department has...More Button

Was asked: if there is a policy on ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

My Department has an ICT Acceptable Usage Policy in place to ensure all users of the ICT facilities and services are fully aware of their obligations in terms of access to and use of these faciliti...More Button

Official Engagements

Was asked: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that neither I or any of the officials from my Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup.More Button

Was asked: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from the Ryder Cup organisation or the...More Button

Neither I nor any officials from my Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup in an official capacity.More Button

Decentralisation Programme Data

Was asked: the number of civil and public service jobs that relocated to all 53 locations in 25 counties under the 2003 decentralisation programme by Department and location in each county, in tabular form; a...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Decentralisation Programme announced in December 2003 involved the potential relocation of over 10,000 civil and public service jobs to 53 locations in 25 counties....More Button

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Was asked: the estimated amount it would cost in 2019 if the budget for the Comptroller and Auditor General increased by 15%; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2018 revised estimate gross figure for the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General was €13.977m. Therefore, the estimated amount it would cost in 2019 if the budget for the Comptroller an...More Button

Garda Station Refurbishment

Was asked: the capital works the OPW has carried out in Howth Garda station in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; if the OPW has further capital works planned to be carried out at the station o...More Button

I can confirm that the Office of Public Works spent €105,190.73 on capital works carried out at Howth Garda Station in 2016 and 2017. The following table provides details of this expenditure.
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National Botanic Gardens

Was asked: if the grounds of St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 are in the care of the National Botanic Gardens; if changes have been made to the management of the care of the grounds; and if changes are...More Button

St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 is managed as part of its National Historic Properties portfolio by the Office of Public Works. This portfolio of properties is preserved and presented by an...More Button

Garda Stations

Was asked: the plans by the OPW to purchase property for Garda stations; the stages in negotiation for each one; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other than the finalisation of a small number of acquisitions currently being completed, the Office of Public Works has no plans to purchase property for Garda Stations.More Button

State Properties

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 93 of 3 July 2018, if there has been progress made on this issue to date; if the information requested has been received by his Department from Sligo County Co...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to his previous question on 3rd July 2018. In the response, I stated that the CSSO had outlined to Sligo County Council the material that they needed to provide i...More Button

I am informed that Sligo County Council have not yet provided the material required. I would, however, point out that these can be complex matters and often take a lengthy time to resolve.More Button

Flood Risk Assessments

Was asked: 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

The Hazelhatch area of Celbridge, County Kildare was assessed as part of the Eastern CFRAM Study. The Plans identified the need for a further study of the area before being able to identify any fea...More Button

A study, carried out by consultants on behalf of the local authority, highlighted the need for a re-assessment of the local hydrology for the area. The study also revealed the need to investigate...More Button

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and Kildare County Council have completed the development of the required project brief. Commissioning this further study rests with the local authority to progre...More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding pension reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The question relates to pension appeals lodged under the internal dispute resolution process of the Civil Service Pension Schemes.

  First, I should advise the Deputy that appeal...More Button

Public Sector Pay

Was asked: if public sector employees who are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018, which was published on 9 July, provides for an increase in the compulsory retirement age to 70, for pub...More Button

Once the Bill is enacted and commenced, the majority of public servants recruited prior to 1 April 2004 will have a new compulsory retirement age of 70. For the most part, these public servants ...More Button

Until the commencement of the Bill, the current compulsory retirement age will continue to apply and public servants reaching the age of 65 will be required to retire. The interim arrangements wi...More Button

The practice of payment at the minimum point will not apply to public servants who choose to remain beyond the age of 65 once the legislation is commenced. Public servants who reach the age of 6...More Button

Office of Public Works

Was asked: if assistance can be provided by the OPW to a person (details supplied) adjacent to a national monument.More Button

Lisnaran Fort in Annasgassan, Co. Louth is a National Monument in the guardianship of the State, not the ownership of the State, and is in the care of the Office of Public Works. The Office of Publ...More Button


 

 

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