Dáil News

Saturday Vote on Children’s Referendum Good News for Students

The decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on Saturday 10th November is a welcome development and will mean the maximum number of citizens can take part. It allows students, those working in other parts of the country and those in shift work to partake fully in our democratic process. It also provides a wider choice as to when citizens can vote as many will be without the time constraints of the daily commute and work hours.   A Saturday

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Constitutional Referendum on Children

  The Programme for Government 2011 commits to holding a referendum to strengthen the protection of children in the Constitution. The Programme for Government states that the wording of the referendum will be along the lines of that proposed by the All Party Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children (JCCAC).   Since taking office, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has worked

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Betting Bill due in Autumn 2012

One of the laws due to come through the Dáil this autumn is the Betting (Amendment) Bill 2012. There is currently a tax of 1% on off-course betting income. This applies to any bet placed in a bookmakers but not to bets placed at a race track with the Tote. Recently, the rise of online betting due to better internet access and smart phones has resulted in a loss of money to the State. The money raised from the betting tax is reinvested into the horse

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Time to Exercise Break Clause in Poolbeg Incinerator Contract

The time has come for Dublin City Council to exercise the break clause in the contract for the Poolbeg Incinerator with Covanta. It is time for the City Manager to bring this long running charade to an end. It has cost the taxpayer over €80 million over more than a decade, and we can no longer afford this unnecessary white elephant. When the deadline of February 29th passed, council management stated that the final extension was to allow regulatory

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Consultation on Climate Change Policy published

I welcome the publication today of the results of the public consultation on climate change policy development. I look forward to a strong engagement at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, of which I am a member, with the outcomes of this process. A total of 623 responses were recorded, and the task of the Committee will be to work with the Minister for Environment, his Department, and the NESC Secretariat on the Heads of Bill which

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Apartment Management Company Advice

In today's Irish Times Property supplement (Thursday 30th August 2012) in the Property Clinic advice column there is an excellent summary of actions open to apartment owners who are encountering difficulties with setting up a management company for their complex and dealign with non co-operating developers under the terms of the Multi-Unit Development Act. Article is included below as a scanned image. Further information on the MUD Act is available

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Launch of student Rent Book highlights need for deposit protection scheme

Thousands of students are beginning their search across Ireland for accommodation having accepted their college courses; and the launch yesterday of the student rent book highlights the need for a deposit protection scheme. I hope that by this time next year, along with the launching their Rent Book for new students, USI and the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB) will also be informing them of how to use a statutory rental deposit protection scheme.

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€30 million state spend on rent deposit shows need for protection scheme

The large amount of State money spent in recent years on rental deposits and the inability to get any of it back shows the need for a rental deposit scheme operated through the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB). The information released to me shows that in 2008 alone, over €7 million was spent on exceptional needs payments for rent deposits, often for those seeking rent allowance, and that no procedures are in place for  recovery of the deposit.

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CEO of Permanent TSB appearance before the Finance Committee

Following my invitation request, tabled in May. Permanent TSB CEO Mr Masding appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance on Wednesday 18th July 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOhX_HTH_Rs&feature=plcp Full transcript of Mr. Jeremy Masding appearance before Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform can be found here    

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Investment Stimulus Package

The €2.25 billion Investment Stimulus Package that Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced in July is an important component in our Strategy for Economic Recovery. This ambitious economic stimulus package will create up to 13,000 jobs in the construction sector and give much need boost to the economy. The measures include the approval of a new campus for Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman, a Gardá Divisional

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