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Spring, Arthur

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

This is a speech. Where is the question?More Button

Financial Resolution No. 9: Income Tax (Continued)

The budget must be accurate.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 14: Capital Acquisitions Tax (Continued)

Nobody said that.More Button

We should not get carried away.More Button

We are Deputy Broughan's colleagues.More Button

Anyone who examines this budget objectively will agree that those who have most will carry most in terms of these four motions.More Button

No Deputy would disagree with their provisions. We could have imposed higher taxes on middle or lower income earners. Some Members on that side of the House would advocate further cuts instead of...More Button

I am delighted that we are having a mature debate, as this House goes. In the years to come, the country's sovereignty will have been regained. I make no bones about the fact that difficult dec...More Button

My parliamentary question showed that the Opposition parties did nothing to cost their budget proposals.More Button

It is as simple as this, and we pointed it out to the Opposition. One can build something - for example, a house - block by block. However, Sinn Féin is pouring cement on it.More Button

There is no foundation. With all deference to every Deputy, one cannot cost parts-----More Button

I am sorry, but I have not shouted at anyone-----More Button

-----and I have no intention of doing so or of talking anyone down. That is not how I operate.More Button

However, I will highlight the fact that one cannot submit or cost part of a budget.More Button

Some Deputies have made proposals amounting to €1 billion while others have claimed they would tell the IMF to go home and that we did not need money.More Button

The totality of the argument is either founded or unfounded.More Button

Some people claim there is an easy way to remove money from an economy. One statistic that Deputies should know is that, two years ago, approximately 30% of our entire debt-to-GDP ratio was accoun...More Button

We are 80% of the way through this process. It is difficult and it is unpopular on our side. If the Opposition has a word of wisdom for the House, we would like to hear it and for the media to ...More Button

These resolutions are good measures and every Deputy should endorse them. Those in society with the most are being asked to pay the most.More Button

Deputy Martin did not want to be in government. It is unbelievable.More Button

Is it now three?More Button

Illicit Trade in Tobacco

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has investigated the use of a smartphone app to be used by gardaí to scan barcodes on cigarettes to determine if tax has been paid and identify illegal cigarettes; and if he will make a state...More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has considered reducing the VAT on newspapers to a similar level as seen in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on difficulties facing students who are unable to provide social welfare offices with proof of being enrolled in full-time education when applying for social welfare payments as they are ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the contingency plans in place when awarding the Student Universal Support Ireland grant application processing contract to Dublin Vocational Education Committee should a delay in the processing of...More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry was awarded supplementary welfare allowance when residing in Ireland in 1998; if they met all conditions necessary for the entitlement to supp...More Button

Tourist Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide accommodation occupancy statistics for hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hostels and self catering accommodation for year to date in 2012, or alternatively accommodation ...More Button

Tourism Industry

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the change in tourist numbers that has been experienced for the years to date in 2012, or alternatively for the first six months of 2012, from the same period in the previous year in Dublin city, t...More Button

Air Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the total number of passengers between 1 June 2012 and 31 August 2012 into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the average number of passengers per week to date in 2012 for Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the change in the total number of passengers in months June, July and August 2012 from the same tourist season 2011 into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of extra flights into Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Kerry Airport to date in 2012 compared to 2010.More Button