Broughan, Thomas P.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2017 (Continued)

It was comical listening earlier to the response of Deputy Michael McGrath and Fianna Fáil, still torn between pretending to be an Opposition party and being a party of government. Of course, this ...More Button

The report of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight, which was published recently, reflects many hours of meetings and outlines members' views following the hearings on the fiscal context for budg...More Button

I remain totally opposed to the continuing suffocating application of the EU budgetary rule with its expenditure benchmark, convergence margin and reference rate, and debt rule, which combine to ...More Button

Closing section 110 and other tax avoidance loopholes and ensuring the effective rate of corporation tax is 12.5% would significantly increase stable corporation tax revenues by between €650 mill...More Button

Budget 2017 should have begun the process of equalising rates of excise on automobile fuels between petrol and diesel vehicle engines because of the health concerns about carcinogens in particula...More Button

As my colleague, Deputy Thomas Pringle, said, the increase in the State pension and the other weekly social welfare payments by €5 per week is a welcome, tiny step but it is deplorable that this ...More Button

Given the risks to the economy, the vice-grip of the EU fiscal rules and the ongoing huge deficit in infrastructural provision, major tax cuts and new tax expenditures should have been avoided in...More Button

The Minister for Finance wants to re-establish a rainy day fund from 2018 when the budget will be in surplus. Previously, we had Charlie McCreevy's €1 billion savings fund. Much of it, unfortun...More Button

To address the unmet needs of the health system, including the move to universal health care for all citizens, an additional €1 billion was needed for the health budget in 2017.More Button

At least €100 million of this should have been allocated to intellectual disability services and to good mental health promotion and care for children and younger citizens. Today, the Minister, De...More Button

On the subject of disability services, I have received briefings from St. Michael's House, St. John of God and Prosper Fingal indicating the ongoing need to provide additional funding for placeme...More Button

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, rightly calls education the bedrock of our society but almost the entire additional spending of €458 million in the budget ...More Button

The Union of Students in Ireland made a powerful case to me for the investment of an additional €140 million in the higher education sector, but the Ministers have today only allocated an extra €...More Button

The help-to-buy housing scheme will not address the huge problem that young couples have arising from the application of the macroprudential rules. It is the responsibility of the Minister for F...More Button

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Independents could have significantly expanded the fiscal space to give better protection for the most vulnerable citizens and to invest in health, education and ho...More Button

Organised Crime

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: her plans to meet her Spanish and Dutch counterparts to discuss strengthening ties in tackling organised crime; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Stamp Duty

Asked the Minister for Finance: to set out the additional yield in a full year if the stamp duty on shares was increased from 1% to 1.5%; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Middle East Issues

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will report on the recent closure of bank accounts of an organisation by a bank (details supplied); the interventions he is taking with regard to this closure; the supports he is offering to ...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Applications

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if the OPW is in receipt of any funding application for minor flood relief works from Dublin City Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cancer Research

Asked the Minister for Health: the amount of funding available to cancer trial research units in hospitals around the country; the amount of funding which is going to each cancer trial research unit in tabular form; if results f...More Button

Primary Care Centres Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the number and location of primary care centres currently undergoing construction but due to open to the public by end of quarter 1 of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the full year cost of increasing the number of inpatient rooms at the cystic fibrosis unit from four to 15 at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of student nursing places and student doctor places available in each of the years 2013 to 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of schools both primary and secondary that are located in 30 km/h zones and 50 km/h zones; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the measures he is taking to ensure that road safety around schools is improved and that speed limits around primary and secondary schools are reviewed and assessed; his views on whether all school...More Button