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Healy-Rae, Michael

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It is Christmas, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

The Taoiseach told them to give out more.More Button

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

There is nothing wrong with his head.More Button

Has Deputy Bannon forgotten that he is in government now?More Button

They will not forget Deputy Bannon.More Button

We are telling the truth.More Button

We are telling the truth.More Button

What about the ordinary homes?More Button

Which is shocking.More Button

First, as all Members are aware, the Minister is a politician of great experience and ability who is highly regarded in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Moreover, I only say that because I mean it. ...More Button

The Minister is smiling because he knows what I am talking about. There are places - and this is no laughing matter - where people approached Government-supporting Deputies for a lottery grant. T...More Button

I am on the Bill, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. I am here to speak up for those people and I wish to lay the lie about the better Government services. The inexperience of the Minister for Transport, T...More Button

The houses in which I am interested are those where there are young children looking forward to Santa Claus. Moreover, while everyone knows Santa Claus will come to them, it will be no thanks to t...More Button

Those genuine young couples had a better time during the boom, when their expectations were that the work would continue for them. However, they now find the work is gone, they are left with a mas...More Button

While they still are blaming Fianna Fáil, they have forgotten there has been the small matter of an election. They now have the biggest majority in the history of the State. What is the Governmen...More Button

It is cutting the carer's-----More Button

May I come back after Private Members' Business?More Button

Yes, but this is to be continued.More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Deputy John Halligan for bringing forward this excellent motion and my colleagues for sharing speaking time. The motion is deserving of support.More Button

Like other politicians, I deal each day with people who are providing excellent care for people in their homes. Nobody should underestimate the value of this work. I was grateful in recent weeks ...More Button

Members on the other side of the House should know that people who are providing care for people in their homes are being paid for probably only half of their work. If they are taking care of so...More Button

I cannot understand how Members on the other side of the House will vote against this motion. The motion tabled by Deputy Halligan states: "That Dáil Éireann recognises ... the vital contributio...More Button

I thank the Technical Group for sharing time with me.More Button

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

I will continue by stating my opposition to the proposals regarding the Revenue Commissioners and the fact that the Revenue Commissioners will have far-reaching powers when it comes to forcing peop...More Button

I am sure the Minister is aware that local authorities are preparing and passing budgets and having budget meetings. The town council in Listowel, a place the Minister knows very well, held its ...More Button

The whole thing is wrong. I again emphasise that I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Minister and his political experience but I remind him that the one thing said by the Government pa...More Button

I know it is not falling on deaf ears with the Minister because of his experience. He would not be in politics for as long if he had not listened to people over the years. He cannot think that ...More Button

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

People who cannot afford to pay.More Button

The Minister of State for mansions.More Button

The Minister will get them.More Button

He was more concerned with mansions.More Button

Perhaps he should be promoted.More Button

We were doing fine until the Minister made his contribution. It was a colourful contribution. However, he totally dismissed what was said by Members on this side of the House, and that was wrong....More Button

The Minister omitted something which I hope he will discuss when he replies, and not ignore the people concerned. I and my colleagues spoke about young couples. How many times did the Minister ...More Button

I appreciate the Minister's endeavours in the past but it is not fair, right or proper to burden such young couples with a property tax at this time. It also worries me. Given that the Minister...More Button

Ultimately, they will be faced with a choice, whether to pay their mortgages or the property tax to the Government. If they do not pay the tax, the Revenue Commissioners will pursue them.More Button

The Minister made a mock and a skit out of what the Revenue Commissioners is for. We are tax compliant and I am tax compliant. I have been dealing with the Revenue Commissioners for a long time a...More Button

We support that.More Button

Mortgage Arrears Proposals

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will intervene to try and help young couples who are struggling to pay their mortgages; his further views on whether mortgages should be reduced to reflect the now much lower valuation of the...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: in view of the delay in the administration of student grants in 2012, if he will consider reverting to the old system whereby the grants were administered through the local authority; and if he wil...More Button

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Television Reception

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding TV reception; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to old tenant purchase annuities schemes which were disbanded, many tenants are now unable to purchase their properties as they cannot acquire loans; his plans to reintroduce the scheme as ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to the present system whereby when a local authority puts a price on a property for a tenant of theirs the price only lasts for a period of 12 months; his views on whether it would be more ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding disadvantaged area payment and rep scheme 4 payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Programmes

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: in view of the fact that satellite images of land holdings are used every year in checking the eligibility of ground for area aid and so on, if he will provide the following details, the persons wh...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding area based payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: in view of the Health Service Executive plan to cut 3,200 full time equivalent posts in the health service in 2013, his views on whether persons availing of the services of the HSE will receive the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the Health Service Executive cut 3,200 full time equivalent posts in the health service in 2013, where will the majority of these persons be drawn from; if they will be from frontline services o...More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will direct the Health Service Executive not to inflate the 0.3% cut already announced with regard to organisations (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button