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Kenny, Enda

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions

The position in regard to the property tax has been outlined by the Minister for Finance in the budget. The property tax will apply for a half year for 2013 and for a full year from 2014. The val...More Button

The structure has been set out by the Revenue Commissioners. The introduction of the Bill is to make way for that process to apply. The Minister has outlined the understanding of the difficulty...More Button

As Deputy Martin is aware, the introduction of a property tax in this country is with the intention of broadening the tax base. A situation has applied for many years where, year after year, loc...More Button

It is true that many people are now in straitened economic circumstances. That is why the level of the property tax was pitched at 0.18%. The valuation in terms of the banding is fair and progr...More Button

-----will be able to contribute more. The deferral options are there for those who find themselves in particular circumstances.

  It is being brought in on Friday to make arrang...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Deputy Martin and his party signed on for a property tax.More Button

Like St. Augustine, he wants to be made pure but not just yet. He cannot deny his record in this regard.More Button

Fianna Fáil signed on for a property tax. This Government is introducing what we consider a fair and progressive property tax.More Button

I note that the Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance said yesterday that the requirement of the troika to provide legal clarity to the procedural aspects of the 2009 legislation introduced by the previ...More Button

Let us be very clear on this. It is the intention of the Government that clarity be provided to that aspect of the law which Ms Justice Dunne found insufficient or inadequate. There is no inten...More Button

House ownership is very important for people in this country and we respect and understand that. We want to keep that process whereby the level of repossessions will be exceptionally low.More Button

It is very important that people know and understand that the house they live is in their home and that it will be kept in their possession.More Button

That is why the Personal Insolvency Bill is being introduced, to allow further options for people that will enable them to retain their family homes, which is so important for everybody in the coun...More Button

Gabh mo leithscéal, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

I would say there are a lot of people who would like to forget about Sinn Féin, but Deputy Adams's mandate in this House is not to allow that to happen.More Button

The position is that the Government gave very careful consideration to this budget, which is essentially about providing an opportunity to restore our public finances to good health, grow our econo...More Button

The reduction in the respite care grant will not be reversed.More Button

The budget has been decided by the Government. We have made the decision not to cut the old age pension, not to take away the travel allowance, not to cut the free fuel allowance or shorten the pe...More Button

Like the Deputy, I do not know Mr. O'Mahony or his wife Margaret. I am sure that in the letter he has written to the newspaper he expresses his feelings very powerfully and more cogently than any ...More Button

The choice to be made by the Government was do we cut the widow's pensions, the old age pension-----More Button

Do we reduce the half-rate carer's allowance, take away the facilities pensioners are entitled to at the moment, or interfere with the home care package and the carer's allowance? What choices doe...More Button

The choice made here was to continue to pay a respite grant of €1,375.More Button

At the same time, the Government has set its face here in taking an additional €500 million from those who can afford to pay, which is obviously a very serious decision. I hear more crowing from D...More Button

Here is some ammunition for Deputy Adams.More Button

In 2009 the carer's allowance was cut by €16.50 per week, or €850 per year, by the Fianna Fáil Government. The blind person's pension was cut by €16.30 per week, or almost €850 per year, and the w...More Button

I feel for Mr. O'Mahony and his wife Margaret, but the carer's package and the home care package are untouched-----More Button

-----and the grant is still being paid at the rate of €1,375. People should say that to the Deputies on the other side when they tell people to vote against the Government.More Button

I am not sure how Deputy Boyd Barrett determined there are 180 billion barrels of oil to be found. There is a great deal the Government can do for the country in this regard. In the regime that a...More Button

I spoke this week to the Norwegian Prime Minister, who made the point that by a law laid down many years ago Norway has never spent any of the money arising from North Sea oil or gas but has put ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the State, via the Government, can make a judgment in respect of determining the value to the State of any find. That issue is central to the Minister's policy in this re...More Button

I am not in a position to alter contracts that were signed years ago between the State and companies in respect of gas finds or whatever. It is important and in everybody's interest that where b...More Button

First the Deputy asked me to withdraw the licences. Then he asked me to adopt the Norwegian model.More Button

I assure the Deputy I am as interested in this as is anybody working on behalf of the people of this country. If there are reservoirs of either oil or gas offshore, the first thing that must be do...More Button

The level of interest expressed by commercial companies has been higher lately than for the past 30 years. Clearly, finds have been made in other places around the world. In a major drilling oper...More Button

These are obviously monitored by the State and the Department. If it transpires that there is a find of gas or oil, a particular process must be undergone and this is designed to protect the envir...More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. a16, motion re withdrawal of Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad]; No. 30, statements on pre-European Council meeting of 13 and 14 December 2012; and ...More Button

The details of this week's session were set out by the Whip at the Whips' meeting last week. The Social Welfare Bill has to go to the Seanad next week in order for continued payments to be made on...More Button

-----to speak on the publication of the report of the expert group on the A, B and C v. Ireland case.More Button

Last Friday only two Opposition speakers were made available----More Button

-----and Monday's sitting had to be cancelled because of a lack of speakers-----More Button

-----so I do not accept this argument.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The have been significant changes in the way politics are conducted in here and there will be more changes to come.More Button

We have now spent two hours at this; we have been here since 10.30 a.m. These matters were raised on Leaders' Questions. We have a good deal of business to conduct.More Button

The Whips gave notice last week of the arrangements for this week. It is time now to get on with it and move it through.More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements

The December meeting of the European Council will take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday of this week. While economic policy will once again dominate the European Council's agenda, at this ...More Button

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to adopt a set of conclusions which will lay the groundwork for a substantive debate on the European Union's Common Secur...More Button

The European Council is also likely to adopt a set of conclusions on EU enlargement policy which will set out the work to be undertaken in the coming year, including during our Presidency. This ...More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

In light of the deliberations of foreign Ministers, including the Tánaiste, at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday of this week, it is anticipated that leaders will also adopt conclus...More Button

I should recall for the House that this meeting of the European Council will not follow up on the discussions that leaders had last month on the Union's budget over the period 2014 to 2020, the s...More Button

Over recent years, as the Union has taken a range of steps necessary to overcome the economic and financial crisis and bring stability to our shared currency, it has become apparent that the euro...More Button

The House will recall that European Council President Van Rompuy was asked by leaders at the European Council in June to develop his thinking on the future of the EMU in close co-operation with t...More Button

President Van Rompuy's interim report also flagged the ideas of a possible fiscal capacity for the euro area and possible contracts between member states and the EU institutions, perhaps covering...More Button

In the draft conclusions, President Van Rompuy sets out a proposed roadmap spanning three stages, the first of which is for implementation immediately, while the third is envisaged to be rolled o...More Button

The second stage proposed in the draft conclusions would run from 2013 to 2014. It would build on the existing Commission proposals on resolution and deposit guarantees and see the Commission su...More Button

Stage three, which would run from 2014, when there will be a new Parliament and Commission in place, foresees further deepening of economic integration in the euro area and the possible establish...More Button

As we deliberate on how to strengthen the EMU, the other ingredient is, of course, how we ensure that our people understand what it is we are seeking to do and why. We must ensure there is an ap...More Button

I expect that we will welcome the annual growth survey that was produced by the Commission on 28 November and launches the 2013 European semester for economic policy co-ordination. As Europe slo...More Button

The annual growth survey feeds into national economic and budgetary decisions that member states will set out in April next in stability and convergence programmes under the Stability and Growth ...More Button

These, in turn, form the basis for the Commission's proposals for country specific recommendations in May. More Button

Effective management of the third European semester process will be an important focus of next year's Irish Presidency. The October European Council invited the incoming Presidency to submit a r...More Button

We welcome the European Parliament's efforts to enhance parliamentary involvement. Parliamentary week in January will see debates with members of relevant committees from national parliaments. ...More Button

The European Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy, CSDP. The conclusions will cover the CSDP on missions, capabilities and preparat...More Button

The European Council will endorse the conclusions on enlargement agreed at the General Affairs Council yesterday. Given that the conclusions have now been agreed, lengthy discussion is not expec...More Button

It is expected that the European Council will adopt short conclusions on foreign policy issues. These will draw on the conclusions which emerged from the Foreign Affairs Council earlier this wee...More Button

Confidence in the Government: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]

It is Angela, with a hard "g".More Button

Confidence in the Government: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

That is correct. More Button

I welcome the opportunity to come to the House to defend the Government's record against this ill-founded and nonsensical motion. The motion, tabled by Sinn Féin, represents nothing more than a ...More Button

The truth is that the Government has been very hard at work clearing the economic wreckage left by the former Fianna Fáil Administration which left the country with a humiliating IMF bailout prog...More Button

Our first priority in government was to restore economic, financial and political stability and rebuild the international reputation of the country, in which every Minister, including the Tánaist...More Button

I recognise that the burden on taxpayers is still very onerous. I will travel to Brussels tomorrow to continue the discussions on the framework for a single European bank regulator. Separately,...More Button

The focus of the Government is and has to be on providing more jobs. I do not accept that we have to be saddled indefinitely with current high rates of unemployment, slow growth and a squeeze on...More Button

In our first 100 days in office we introduced the jobs initiative, with a range of tax supports to help job intensive industries such as the tourism and hospitality sectors, in which employment h...More Button

We have looked to maximise private investment in much needed infrastructure. Last year we announced the establishment of NewERA and a strategic investment fund. To improve the availability of c...More Button

Fixing the national finances and putting them back on a sound footing is a prerequisite for job creation and economic growth. I make no apology for supporting the vital need to reduce the nation...More Button

I appreciate the patience, co-operation and sacrifice of the people as we make these tough decisions in the interests of the country and all the people. Where changes have been introduced in the...More Button

The Fianna Fáil Party, now absent from the Chamber, implemented across the board cuts to basic core welfare rates for carers and the blind. It signed up for a property tax when in government, only...More Button

Sinn Féin, a party with uncosted economic plans, would tax the country back deep into recession, while trying to reconcile its severe split personality problem as it continues to implement cuts a...More Button

Every day I speak to people who understand tough decisions must be made in these difficult economic circumstances.More Button

They ask us to keep on this path in as fair and equitable a way as we can. We will get the country back to work, emerge from the bailout programme, restore our economic sovereignty and offer hope,...More Button