McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2017 (Continued)

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This is a reasonable budget which contains many welcome measures. However, as we know, the devil is in the detail. I am sure that as we examine the Estimates in the coming days, we will learn a l...More Button

I thank the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, and their officials for their engagement with the Rural Independen...More Button

On child care, while the support for low and middle income earners is welcome, the measures will not be introduced until September 2017, which is too lengthy a delay. I also believe the universa...More Button

I welcome the extension of the start your own business scheme for a further two years and the increases in the earned income tax credit for the self-employed. Retention of the 9% VAT rate for th...More Button

I note the increase in funding for the Revenue Commissioners. I sincerely hope that as a result there will be a change of attitude in the Revenue Commissioners and that rather than always taking...More Button

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In the farming and agrifood sectors there are a lot of measures to help small farmers which we fought for in the programme for Government, including the option to step out of income averaging dur...More Button

There is increased funding for GLAS and the introduction of sheep grants which are very necessary. I heard Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - tá sí imithe anois - talking about animal welfare earlier a...More Button

I have sought the introduction of a land tax in my submission for large conglomerates which purchase and hold land banks of over 750 acres. Some of them in my area are engaged in our world-renow...More Button

Additional funding is always welcome but the budget did not go far enough to deal with the housing and homeless crisis. It is welcome that the Minister is here. While I welcome efforts to impro...More Button

I welcome the increase in the rent-a-room scheme rate to try to relieve the pressures on student accommodation, but the measures do not go far enough. We are doing very little in the budget to s...More Button

I welcome the employment of 4,500 additional front-line staff, who are badly needed. The employment of an additional 4,500 gardaí, nurses and teachers is very welcome and I want to see it happen...More Button

I look forward to the health Estimates. I am very disappointed that I see nothing for my colleague, Deputy Michael Lowry, and his pipe dream of a patient hotel. He told us it would be in place ...More Button

There is very little detail as to the prioritisation of mental health services, disability services, the trolley crisis and the crisis in respite care services. There is a lack of home helps and...More Button

A very welcome commitment was given to the automatic entitlement to a medical card in the context of the domiciliary care allowance. I compliment the Minister of State, Deputy Finian McGrath, an...More Button

We need front-line speech and language and occupational therapists, as well as psychotherapists and early-intervention teams. Huge measures are needed in these areas. The allocation of 900 extr...More Button

I sought increases in the living alone allowance and the restoration of the telephone allowance. The cut to the telephone allowance was lousy. I am very involved with Muintir na Tire and the co...More Button

I refer to the PRSI scheme for the self-employed. There is something in the budget for them, which I welcome. Those who are self-employed and become sick are now entitled to two years' disabili...More Button

I support the increase in tax on cigarettes. I hope it will not drive trade underground and increase illegal smuggling. The funding for roads is meagre and is not enough. I would like to see a...More Button

I support a living town initiative and have lobbied for one in my county development plan. We need immediate measures to keep our towns alive and vibrant. They are dying on their feet and we ne...More Button

The squeezed middle faces the toughest challenges. The people concerned are squeezed in every way. They do not receive SUSI grants or other assistance. Why can child benefit not be paid until ...More Button

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

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I am pleased to get a few moments to speak on the motion. I said earlier that I would be supporting it because it is one facet of our attempts to deal with the chronic issue of smoking and the leg...More Button

We must have better awareness campaigns and we must get into the schools, particularly our national schools, to get the young people to teach some of us older people not only about smoking but ot...More Button

Every day of the week, hospices, cancer care groups and the community at large provide support and wonderful work is done by voluntary organisations. Despite this, cigarettes are still being peddl...More Button

Many colleagues who told me they would vote against the resolution raised an issue of which I am aware. Will the trade go underground completely? Will cigarettes be sold in a similar manner to ...More Button

It is important that the money is ring-fenced and there are proper health and awareness campaigns. We saw the effects of the smoking ban. Last week I travelled to a place where smoking was allo...More Button

I would agree with another increase of 50 cent if it meant decreasing prescription charges by 50 cent. In some cases, people require prescriptions because of the damage done by smoking. It is a...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Remit

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: her plans to extend the powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will introduce a vehicle registration tax, VRT, relief on vehicles purchased by community and voluntary groups in budget 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tax Credits

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will introduce a home carer's credit in budget 2017 to support parents who stay at home to care for their children, thereby giving greater parental choice; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Programme for Government Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the steps he has taken to introduce a working family payment as promised in the programme for Government to ensure that social welfare schemes supporting low-income families do not discriminate aga...More Button

Departmental Staff

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person (details supplied) employed as a supervisor on a community employment scheme will be offered redundancy should their scheme be amalgamated with another scheme; the reason they would not...More Button

Community Development Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: when a co-ordinating unit to work with communities to develop co-operative structures to keep vital local services in place and to retain and develop vibrant local enterprises will be established a...More Button

Home Care Packages Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons awaiting home help or a home care package in County Tipperary; the time they are waiting; if further funding will be approved for the home care package scheme to try to meet d...More Button

Disability Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the funding for respite services in County Tipperary, both adult and children, services over the past five years; the number of persons awaiting services in the county; if he will ensure funding fo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that additional funding will be provided for residential placements for persons with disabilities in budget 2017, with a particular emphasis on placements for dual diagnosis patie...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that the area of early intervention services will receive increased funding in budget 2017 to ensure that the Government's increased commitment to early intervention services for ...More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that additional funding will be provided for residential placements for persons with enduring mental health issues in budget 2017, with a particular emphasis on placements for dua...More Button

Nursing Staff Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: the efforts that will be made in budget 2017 to ensure a reduction in the use of agency staff and to improve the working conditions of nurses to ensure that the HSE can attract and retain nurses in...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will ensure that funding for local roads will be dramatically increased in budget 2017; if the local improvement scheme will be extended as promised in the programme for Government; and if he...More Button