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Healy-Rae, Danny

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

I am unsure about the €685 million that is being added to the health budget because when €950 million was added to the budget last year, we did not see much improvement in our services in County Ke...More Button

Previous speakers said we were looking forward to the fair deal scheme being announced properly here today. After the hard-fought battle that our group put up to ensure farmers got fair play, I am...More Button

It is a disgrace. More positions have been announced for the rural social scheme today. I welcome that but at the same time, I cannot understand why each and every one of the small number of peop...More Button

There is nothing in this budget for the self-employed. If they become unemployed they will not get social welfare or a medical card. It is sad to think that these people, who employed people fo...More Button

A lovely group of women came to Leinster House last week to highlight the unfairness of the pensions they were receiving. Some of them are not getting pensions at all. I highlighted the issue o...More Button

The inheritance tax threshold has not been increased enough for farmers and small businesses. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said that the bereavement grant should be restored. So many people have be...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 1: Tobacco Products Tax (Continued)

I cannot support this increase in the price of cigarettes.More Button

I am aware of the seriousness of smoking and the adverse effects it has had on many great friends of mine who died from lung cancer and so forth. However, this increase is highly unfair and will h...More Button

We need to educate youngsters more and ask parents to educate their children by advising them, if they find them smoking, of how serious it will be or what it could mean for them down the line.More Button

I am sorry I cannot support the financial resolution. I see the Minister's point of view in that he is trying to price people out of smoking. However, the increase will mean that the €5 increas...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Stamp Duties (Continued)

I am against this increase. If the Government is going to take €376 million it has to come from somewhere but I am afraid this may hurt farmers buying land. We need to get clarity on that because...More Button

The Minister has suggested that people will incur a surcharge or a fine for not building on land. If they do not build, who will decide that person A or person B should build? How will that dec...More Button

In many cases in our county land has been zoned for housing but the landowners had no notion of using the land for building at any time. It then cost them when transferring to their sons. There...More Button

On a point of order, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle.More Button

Under the Standing Order that the Minister said that it would affect a small businessman if he was selling.More Button

It is the purchaser who will pay the stamp duty, is it not?More Button

VAT Rate Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to retain the 9% VAT rate for businesses involved in tourism; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pharmaceutical Sector

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: when pharmacists and other self-employed persons will have their pay restored in view of the fact that FEMPI has been unwound in many sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button