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Higgins, Joe

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2014 (Continued)

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

Táimse glan in aghaidh an méid atá an Taoiseach tar éis a chur chun cinn. Is ionsaí eile e seo ar phócaí gnáth dhaoine - €145 milliún breise ag teacht as na pócaí céanna, cuid den scéim déine lena...More Button

There are serious health issues relating to alcohol, as there are relating to tobacco, in this society. They should be taken seriously and they should be addressed through serious measures. It ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Tobacco Products Tax

Ba mhaith liom arís labhairt in aghaidh an ordaithe seo, a bhaineann le tabac. Is fimínteacht ar pháirt an Rialtais ligean orthu gur ar mhaithe le sláinte don chuid is mó atá sé seo á dhéanamh acu...More Button

If the Tánaiste were serious about tackling the toxic health effects of nicotine addiction there are a number of roads he could take. I would take the entire tobacco industry into public ownersh...More Button

If the Tánaiste were serious about bringing in the extra money to alleviate much of the hardship, a simple 1% in wealth tax on the wealthiest 1% would yield €583 million. If an emergency 5% tax ...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Tobacco Products Tax (Continued)

The Tánaiste has no idea of the amount of illegal tobacco being consumed here.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax (Continued)

A publicly delivered universal health care service should obtain in society and it should be a right of every citizen to have comprehensive health care of the highest quality paid for from general ...More Button

Workers with modest to medium incomes are paying direct and indirect taxes and private health insurance is another kind of tax. The Government says it is moving to the universal health insurance...More Button

With an emergency wealth tax of 5%, which the top 1% would not miss, it would amount to €2.9 billion. Every 1% of corporation tax, based on an effective rate of 8%, amounts to €500 million a year....More Button

Financial Resolution No. 7: Income Tax (Continued)

I have one or two questions. The Minister mentioned a number of exemptions. Will he confirm that, for everybody other than those exempt, the DIRT, at 41%, represents a quite indiscriminate tax hi...More Button

Like Deputy Boyd Barrett, I would not have any problem whatsoever with a wealth tax. We have been calling for it. I am referring to large accumulated deposits. However, the few thousand euros ...More Button

What the Minister is trying achieve is completely unacceptable. He stated that up to €650 per annum in interest will be exempt on a five-year account. At a rate of 3%, €650 would involve a deposi...More Button

In my view, removing these exemptions is another blow to people who are not wealthy by any means.More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of public servants in his Department that are being paid in excess of his salary and in excess of the Government's pay cap; the annual cost of these excess payments over the past five ye...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if the taget date for the opening of a new psychiatric unit in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, has been delayed.More Button