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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

We learned this morning that the Government has agreed to legislate to facilitate banks in repossessing family homes. Yet, the 170,000 people in mortgage arrears and those whose homes are about to...More Button

All of this is to ram through the House what is essentially a very unfair tax because absent from the tax and the legislation is a fundamental canon of any taxation law, which is the ability to p...More Button

We must remember that some 500,000 people are living in households where mortgages are in arrears. Yet, for some unknown reason, they are expected and asked to pay a significant family home tax,...More Button

We are saying quite openly that now is the wrong time to put such a burden on people on whom the financial pressures are enormous. The situation has got much worse with regard to unemployment and ...More Button

In the past two years unemployment has gone up and mortgage arrears have gone up significantly while economic growth is down and the property market is dead. How can the Taoiseach or this House sa...More Button

If people cannot pay their mortgages, how can they pay a property tax on that house?More Button

It defies any logic and goes against any concept of ability to pay. If somebody paid €25,000 or €30,000 in stamp duty in the past three, four or five years, they believe they have paid their prope...More Button

So does the Commission on Taxation, which advised they should be exempt for seven years from any property tax that was brought in.More Button

More than €5 billion has been paid in stamp duty. How are we expecting unemployed people to pay this? The higher the value of some houses, the higher the mortgages. The issue is that, because of...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

We are facing the incredible scenario where somebody whose house could be repossessed in the coming year-----More Button

-----will also be asked to pay a property tax.More Button

There is no fairness in this tax. There is no attempt to allow for ability to pay or to provide for exemptions.More Button

The Taoiseach should read his own party's manifesto.More Button

Read the manifesto, where a property tax is described as "unfair".More Button

We are back to me again.More Button

Order of Business

It is not agreed.More Button

I want to oppose the Order of Business because of our overall unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the way the business of the House has been ordered today and, in particular, the guillotining of t...More Button

This is supposed to be the golden era of Dáil reform when the guillotining of debates on legislation was supposed to be a thing of the past, if we were to believe the Chief Whip. If the Taoiseach ...More Button

We would work with the Taoiseach by agreeing to take out some items on today's agenda with a view to giving more time for the Social Welfare Bill and the property tax Bill on Friday. What is happe...More Button

The Taoiseach has just thrown that into the middle of this discussion.More Button

That is not the issue.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

It is not agreed. The reply we got to our opposition to proposal No. 1 was not satisfactory. The Taoiseach needs to direct the answers to the questions asked. We have seen the inadequacy and the...More Button

There are only eight minutes for each amendment in the Social Welfare Bill and that is only for the spokespersons.More Button

That does not allow any Deputy aside from the spokespersons to speak.More Button

What I am anxious to do-----More Button

I am anxious to allow time to speak for many Deputies in the House, particularly Labour Party and Fine Gael Deputies who have voiced significant opposition to child benefit cuts and the respite car...More Button

Not only will they not have an opportunity to vote against it, they will not even have an opportunity to voice their concerns or reservations about elements of the Social Welfare Bill.More Button

They have agreed to go along with it through voting. They are hoping there will be silent acquiescence and that those in government will then be out the gap. However, they will not be out the gap...More Button

There is no such thing as meaningful debate on fundamental Bills, including the Social Welfare Bill and the property tax Bill, which is due on Friday.More Button

The Government is laying down the law of what is on the agenda. There is no discussion.More Button

On the Order of Business-----More Button

We need to-----More Button

On a point of order, the Standing Order which eliminates the opportunity to have an Order of Business because of the calling of votes is reprehensible. It was slipped in by way of Dáil reform meas...More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

This week the European Council is meeting at a time when the economic situation in Europe is taking a significant turn for the worse. The growth projections for all major economies and the eurozon...More Button

In terms of Ireland's needs, there is a lot of misleading ministerial bluster. As usual the Government is providing little or no information, but the evidence suggests it is no longer even seeki...More Button

The core of the summit will be the issue of addressing the flaws in Economic and Monetary Union. I will address the wider part of this agenda later, but for the moment I will concentrate on the ...More Button

Many meetings have been held since, but nothing has been agreed. Every significant target has slipped. Finance Ministers have repeatedly made matters worse by staking out positions which seek t...More Button

The case for a lifting of the burden of much of Ireland's bank related debt is rarely aired in public by the Taoiseach beyond generalities. An exception to this rule was made by him in October, ...More Button

The main tactic the Taoiseach has adopted at Council meetings so far has been to hope that something turns up. The ongoing Greek crisis has meant that on two occasions, significant interest rate...More Button

The promissory notes were structured in such a way that the interest returns to the State through our Central Bank. At the moment, it is the principle that matters and this is a burden too heavy...More Button

Without a major deal, which we believe is justifiable, next year a further €3.1 billion will be converted from promissory notes into normal interest-bearing Government bonds. This will continue ...More Button

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Rabbitte, is a man who has a career-long commitment to trying to shake foundations with his words, irrespective of the facts ...More Button

Given how Labour's way was abandoned even before the Government was formed, the idea that the Tánaiste and his predecessor as leader are getting tough has been dismissed. At best, it is believed...More Button

Given the role that Ireland played in being willing to act in the interests of the wider eurozone, we deserve a concrete lessening of the burden of the debts we took at a critical moment. Withou...More Button

It is time for the Taoiseach and the Government to put aside the public relations posturing and to be open with the people. They should publish the documentation they have submitted to the ECB a...More Button

The Presidents of both the Commission and the Council have produced documents concerning the reform of economic and monetary union, and President Van Rompuy's more limited vision is the one which...More Button

How can this be a credible response to a crisis which has seen unemployment grow to nearly 19 million people? How can it give confidence to investors who fear that governments do not have the co...More Button

The summit will also issue conclusions relating to the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy, CSDP. The draft states that the pooling and sharing of military capabilities should ...More Button

With regard to foreign policy, the summit should set out a strong and united EU position in opposition to the outrageous behaviour of the Netanyahu government in pushing ahead with escalated sett...More Button

Report on Murder of Pat Finucane

Today's release of the de Silva report and the British Prime Minister's statement on the shocking level of State collusion in the brutal murder of Pat Finucane opens up a dark chapter in our countr...More Button

I fundamentally disagree with Mr. Cameron's ongoing refusal to hold an independent review. Contrary to his statement today, I believe that it would reveal a fuller picture of what happened in th...More Button

Today we saw the long-awaited release of a report into a victim of brutal State collusion. It is important to also take this moment to remember the pain and suffering endured by thousands of fam...More Button

Report on Murder of Pat Finucane (Continued)

I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. The report is shocking and reveals why the British Government did not want a public inquiry. The scale and depth of collusion between the RUC, the British army...More Button

The Tánaiste has stated the Irish Government sought a full and open inquiry as part of the Weston Park agreement. The British Government decided instead to commission the de Silva review without...More Button

In essence, there has been a breach of an international agreement between our two countries. This matter remains a point of disagreement between the two governments, but more than that, it compoun...More Button

How does the Tánaiste propose to pursue this breach of an international agreement? What is the nature of the engagement between him and the British Government with regard to pursuing a full publ...More Button

Defence Forces Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Defence: his plans to improve the pay and conditions of members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he has met representatives from the drinks industry recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button