The government has made mistakes in attempting to set up Irish Water.
I was very happy to see that the new proposals were given 14 hours debate in the Dail as part of a motion on Irish Water, which will provide for further time and debate in the Dail as the relevant legislation is brought through the House in later weeks. This is to be welcomed, though of course much greater reform of our parliamentary democracy is still needed.
All of the details about the new proposals can be found here.
And you can watch my speech in the Dail on the new proposals by scrolling down.
You will note from my Dail speech that I have been, and continue to be, critical of certain aspects of Irish Water. But I still believe that this new utility is necessary. Living in Dublin, people will know first hand what underinvestment in our water infrastructure has meant to us in reality – water shortages due to inadequate supply, water shortages due to broken pipes in cold weather, and 40% of water we are already paying for leaking in to the ground. A single utility, raising money specifically for investment where none was available before, will improve our water infrastructure, making the provision of water cheaper and more efficient.
Educating our youth in financial management – click here.
Are the NPPR deadlines and fines reasonable? -Click here.
Are our private telecommunications accessed by the State? – Click here.
Freezing property tax rates until 2019? – Click here.
I will be hosting a public meeting on Tax Reform on Thursday 6th November at 7pm in The Hampton Hotel (formerly Sach’s), Donnybrook.
Brian Hayes MEP will be addressing the international perspective and the Road Map for enhancing Ireland’s reputation, protecting our corporation tax rate and building a new regime.
Olivia Buckley from the Irish Tax Institute will be speaking about the recent changes to income taxation announced in Budget 2015 and where we go from here.
We look forward to seeing you there.
This week I had the opportunity to comment in the Dail on Budget 2015.
Click here to see a video of my speech here.
I welcome the budget that was presented to us last week.
But, unfortunately, I cannot welcome the process around the budget.
Six years ago the country’s economy collapsed, and six years later nothing has changed when it comes to our national budget and the role of Dáil Éireann in that process.
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During the debate on the Social Protection Bill I reiterated some of these points and you can watch the video here.
Today the budget for 2015 was announced in Dail Eireann.
The main measures for next year are detailed in this on-line document here.
To read the Financial Statement from the Minister for Finance, click here.
To read the Expenditure Estimates announcement from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, click here.
For more detailed information, including breakdowns across departments and the exact changes to taxation and how they might affect you, click here.
Ireland’s bid to host The Rugby World Cup – click here.
Discussions on the future of the Irish Defence Forces – click here.
Dramatic fluctuations in numbers on illness benefit and disability allowance – click here.
How much does the interest on our national debt cost us? – Click here.
The second stage debate on the most recent sports bill – Sport Ireland 2014 – provided an opportunity to speak on a number of areas.
I focused my comments on:
-Tourism and economic benefits through sport
-Sports capital grants and support for clubs
-Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup
-The Sandycove to Sutton cycleway
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Garda presence in Dublin, regulating house alarms – click here.
Irish Defense Forces resources and cooperation with NATO in Ukraine – click here.
Are tax rules for the self-employed fair? – click here.
Testing and state support for foetal abnormality screening – click here.
During the recent debate on the new lobbying legislation I took the opportunity to speak on the manner in which the government appoints people to state boards.
You can watch the video of my contribution by clicking here.
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It’s about time that we did something on Lobbying in this country – to try and regulate it, to try and bring greater transparency to it.
Lobbying is a part of political life. It’s not inherently a bad thing – it’s actually an important function of democracy: to have one’s voice heard. But when it is not done openly, it actually undermines our democracy.
There is a direct correlation here to the area of appointments to state boards.
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Making work pay
School enrolment changes
The Banking Inquiry
Funding for local sports clubs
All things bicycling
Rathgar Village Improvement Plan