Dáil Issues, Finance, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Finance if he has satisfied himself with the way Revenue Commissioners have applied tax relief at source to mortgages; if he has further satisfied himself that it has been correctly applied in all cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly T.D.
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Defense Questions

Apr
2017
05

Defence

To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently in receipt of family income supplement and housing assistance payments; his views on pay levels in the Defence Forces in view of the fact that in 2013 over 20% of Defence Forces personnel were in receipt of FIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

DEPUTY CLARE DALY.

FOR ORAL ANSWER ON WEDNESDAY, 29TH MARCH, 2017.

REPLY

Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in each part of the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to levels of pay available in related public sector employments.

I fully appreciate that many of our citizens continue to face some difficulties in the current economic and fiscal environment, including members of the Defence Forces. The Government is making every effort, within available resources, to support all those who face hardship. In addition, there are various schemes in place through the Department of Social Protection, including Family Income Supplement, housing Assistance to support those on low incomes.
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Leaders Questions

Apr
2017
04

Dáil Issues, Health, Leaders Questions

Features

 

a poem by Kevin Higgins

In the income tax arena

I am introducing a scheme:

 

whereby a fifty year old man

living in, for example,

Galway, will still be able to claim

for his increasingly rickety right knee

here in Ireland, but allowed register,

for tax purposes,

his far more profitable left leg in Jersey.

 

He’ll be able to claim relief here on his wonky eye

but will only have to pay tax on the good one

at whatever the rate is in Luxembourg.

 

His three sets of dentures, all twenty six

fillings and those two root canals

will continue to be deductible here,

though he’ll now pay tax

on what’s left of his actual

teeth in Bermuda.

 

The good fifty percent of his lungs

he’ll be allowed set up

as an independent company

in the British Virgin Islands,

while the useless half will legally

continue to be Irish.

 

His nausea will remain ours,

though his enormous appetite

will now officially live on the more

glutton-friendly Isle of Man.

 

His beleaguered liver will continue

to be officially resident here,

while his still superefficient

bowels will spend enough time in Switzerland

to pay (hardly any) tax there.

 

The scar above his left buttock,

acquired when he toppled through a glass door

backwards, circa nineteen seventy three,

will continue to be deductible here,

while the balance of his bum –

in surprisingly good condition for a man his age,

though he says so himself – declares

its vast income at an office

in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

Elsewhere, I am extending the relief on brown leather

trousers and industrial strength lawnmowers

for fat couples with Anglo-Norman sounding names

in the better bits of Kildare for another five years.

There is agreement across the political consensus

it’s essential such people are given sufficient incentives

to keep doing

whatever it is they supposedly do.

 

KEVIN HIGGINS