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Tóibín, Peadar

Friday, 11 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Finance (Tax Appeals) Bill 2015: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

I move amendment No. 3:More Button

This is the opposite of what happened with the previous amendment, when the Government moved in respect of a view of the committee. This time, it has decided not to move. I am curious to know why...More Button

I move amendment No. 5:More Button

  Amendments Nos. 6 and 7 not moved.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

Ba mhaith liom i dtús báire freagra a thabhairt ar an méid a bhí le rá ag an Aire Stáit faoi "stability" i gcomhthéacs an cáin mhaoine áitiúil. Dúirt sé go bhfuil an cáin seo mar shaghas tacaíocht...More Button

Fiscal stability is very important as well. The Minister of State spoke about broadening the tax base. In fact, the Government has taken €750 million out of the tax base this year. It is shift...More Button

Exactly. There is no doubt about it.More Button

I welcome the fact there should be taxation on jobs.More Button

In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Bertie Ahern shifted taxation from personal taxation towards stamp duty, which applies in a very unstable section of the economy. The current Government is doing the exact ...More Button

Incredibly, some 140 companies pay 70% of all corporation tax. The focus on this narrow sector of society reminds me of the focus on another narrow sector of society - the construction industry - ...More Button

I would like to make another point in response to the Minister of State's remarks about "stability". The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has spoken about an output gap. We have gone from a very h...More Button

If the Government does that, then, according to EU rules, the money will have to be taken from public services. Therefore, not alone is the Government destabilising the economy and shifting the s...More Button

Another issue raised by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council in the context of stability relates to the fact that mid-term forecasting by the Department of Finance is not accurate. The council said...More Button

What we need to do to create stability is to create a stable, indigenous export sector, which hardly exists here at present. This sector is very small in comparison to those of countries of a si...More Button

I know a pensioner in my constituency who worked all her life but who finds things tough. Her heating oil was stolen from her tank during the summer and she had to replace it. In order to be ab...More Button

We now face an extreme situation where tens of thousands of people throughout the country are knee-high in water, with farms waterlogged and people in extreme difficulty. Some of these individua...More Button

They are likely to have to eat their Christmas dinner elsewhere. Members of the Government will stand in the photographs highlighting this disaster while the people to whom I refer will still be e...More Button

I find this Bill cynical because it represents an admission that the value of a house no longer represents the wealth of a family. A recent study has shown that if house prices continue to rise,...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

If property price inflation continues, the average family will face a property tax bill approximately €180 higher by 2019. As a result, the Fine Gael backbenchers from south Dublin and elsewhere c...More Button

This Bill is an admission that the local property tax system is broken. For a long time, Sinn Féin has been saying the property tax is an unfair and broken model. We need to ensure we have a fa...More Button

There are no Labour Party Deputies present in the House. However, Labour Party Deputies have been singing about this matter during the past year. Where they are on local authorities with Sinn Féi...More Button

I am also disappointed that this Bill just tinkers around the edges of this tax and does not address the issue as it should. Exemptions are mentioned but Sinn Féin in government would exempt eve...More Button

It is a pity this debate is being rushed. I take it that, as a result of what the Chief Whip has announced, we may get a longer time to debate the Bill.More Button

Sinn Féin has submitted amendments and I hope we will have time to debate them. It will be a travesty if we do not. I hope the Government will respond and say that it will amend the Bill to ensur...More Button

I am disappointed the Minister has not sought to provide a similar exemption for those affected by the mica block issue in Donegal or for the people in Longboat Quay or in Riverwalk Court in Coun...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

This is, unfortunately, a failed tax and no level of spin can change that. The Government is coming to the table for two reasons: to admit the value of a home does not equate to the tax one pays a...More Button

No.More Button

Or a Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Government.More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (Continued)

A lot of the problem is that the Government seeks to reduce the taxation on upper earners. USC has been cut for those on more than €70,000 by €180 million when housing gets €69 million or health g...More Button

There will be bonfires in the Falls Road, the Creggan and maybe even County Tyrone now that Lord Kildare here has joined the fight for Irish unity and the freedom of this country.More Button

I welcome that greatly.More Button

The fiscal powers of the North are, unfortunately, located in London.More Button

My party alone of all the political parties in the House is working tooth and nail, night and day to bring those fiscal powers from London back to Ireland. That is our clear objective.More Button

We welcome the sunny day that we will have those taxes back in this country.More Button

There is no doubt in my mind that on the sunny day when fiscal power has been returned to Ireland from London, we will order our taxation system in the manner we seek to here also.More Button

Some of the political parties in this Chamber often say that while Sinn Féin is in government in the North, it is not a real government and is only an Administration.More Button

On the flip side, however, when we talk about fiscal powers, they complain about our policies on fiscal powers in the North. It is incongruous to say on the one hand that the Administration is not...More Button

The SNP is fighting tooth and nail like us against London to stop the Tory cuts within society. That does not mean that there does not need to be public services provision. The tax-to-GDP ratio i...More Button

Our worry is that the Fiscal Advisory Council is saying Fine Gael is a threat to stability.More Button

It did not say so in so many words. I admit that I am paraphrasing. It said the party's taxation policies and the shift from personal taxation to a volatile corporation taxation sector is very da...More Button

It is also talking about the reduction of USC constituting a threat of inflation or to the delivery of public services. Sinn Féin is saying, "By all means create a broad tax base, but do so in a w...More Button

I move amendment No. 3:More Button

  Section 4 agreed to.More Button

SECTION 5More Button