Walsh, Joe

Wednesday, 13 November 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 557 No. 2

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Private Members' Business. - Confidence in Minister: Motion (Resumed).

I am pleased and honoured to come into the House and express my support for the Minister for Finance—More Button

It is difficult and mind-boggling to believe that Fine Gael has the gall to table an opportunistic and unjustified motion of no confidence in the Minister, Deputy McCreevy. He has been undoubtedly the...More Button

What really rankles Fine Gael? Is it the massive growth he has inspired in the economy since his term of office – almost 10% per annum. Is it that he has effectively wiped out unemployment? Is it that...More Button

—but I will remind the House and the Irish people of the awful state of the—More Button

—national finances and the economy—More Button

—under the stewardship of the last Fine Gael Minister for Finance, and contrast Fine Gael's difficulties with the prudent and careful response of the Minister—More Button

It does not make for enjoyable listening. The top income tax rate was at an unbelievably and unacceptably high level of 65% under Fine Gael.More Button

It stands at 42% today.More Button

The standard income tax rate was 35%, but now it is 20%—More Button

—thanks to the good management of the Minister for Finance, Deputy McCreevy.More Button

What about corporation tax?More Button

What about corporation tax? (Interruptions.)More Button

Corporation tax stood at 50%, but it is now 12.5%. (Interruptions.)More Button

For the benefit of the House and the Irish people, I am contrasting how Fine Gael and the Minister, Deputy McCreevy, deal with economic problems.More Button

Corporation tax was 50% under Fine Gael, but it is now 12.5%.More Button

Foreign investors see Ireland as the best location in the European Union, thanks to our low level of corporation tax. It should not be forgotten that the national debt was 122% of gross national produ...More Button

It is 38% today, thanks to Deputy McCreevy.More Button

That is not all. Almost one fifth of the workforce was unemployed at the end of Fine Gael's term in office.More Button

Up to 50,000 well-educated young people left the country in despair each year.More Button

It is sobering for those of us who lived through that depressing period to reflect on how depressed the economy and the national finances were. The fact that the then Minister had no vision of a solut...More Button

The Minister, Deputy McCreevy, has a solution.More Button

I have outlined what happened when we were supposed to be building on reality.More Button

The Fine Gael national plan, called Building on Reality, collapsed as did the Government at the end of the day, as a result of poor fiscal management.More Button

I am reminding the House of the contrast—More Button

—between a proven manager of the national finances—More Button

Do Members know what Exchequer borrowing was at that time? It was 13%.More Button

Absolutely.More Button

It is worth reminding the House that almost the entire PAYE take was being used to service the national debt.More Button

The entire take went to service the national debt as a result of the appalling mismanagement under Fine Gael's stewardship.More Button

Not surprisingly, national output was less at the end of Fine Gael's term than it had been at the start of it.More Button

Almost 250,000 people were unemployed, which was the worst aspect of it all. What a record and what a party to put down a motion of no confidence in the Minister, Deputy McCreevy.More Button

Some 1 million people were employed at the start of Deputy McCreevy's term as Minister for Finance, a figure that has increased to 1.7 million.More Button

The number of people in employment has increased by 700,000.More Button

Fair play to the Minister for Finance for taking such a prudent course of action.More Button

That is a pity—More Button

—because I was going well.More Button

I had better skip part of my speech.More Button

Needless to say, we have finished with Argentinian style economics.More Button

I would like to briefly address the crucial issue of how the current downturn in tax receipts can be resolved. No member of the Government will shirk his or her responsibility to bring the country suc...More Button

It is a great pity that Fine Gael will not show more respect for such a successful Minister for Finance.More Button

That is the only way to deal with a problem like this. It is a great pity that his unprecedented success appears to rankle so much with Fine Gael. The Minister's assessment that Fine Gael was the firs...More Button

This motion is an exercise in escapism and I call on the House to strongly reject it.More Button

Written Answers. - Below Cost Selling.

Was asked: his plans to assist potato growers who are suffering economic hardship due to below cost selling; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The wholesale price of potatoes is significantly higher than last year's price. I am not aware of any economic hardship as a result of below cost selling and I have no plans to assist potato growers. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when premia payments will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The person named submitted one special beef premium application for 12 animals under the 2002 scheme. An 80% advance payment totalling €1,440 issued on 16 October 2002, the first date for such payment...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Disease Controls.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork may purchase cattle following an outbreak of tuberculosis on their land.More Button

The person indicated has been informed by the local district veterinary office that under the regulations for the TB eradication scheme, he cannot buy in cattle until his herd has passed one clear te...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon has been refused funding under the CFP programme for the construction of slurry tanks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is a strict condition of the scheme of investment aid for farm waste management that the prior written approval of my Department must be obtained before the commencement of development work for whi...More Button

Was asked: when the special beef premium will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted three applications in respect of 15 animals under the 2002 special beef premium scheme in January, April and October respectively. On 16 October 80% advance payments issued ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a ewe subsidy for 2002 has not been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the 2002 ewe premium scheme the person named applied on 280 ewes. To enable his application to be processed for payment a Form EP250 was sent to him seeking details of any losses incurred during...More Button

Was asked: when two plots will be digitised and registered on an area aid application for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has now been fully processed and the relevant plots have been entered on the Department's electronic database with an area determined for payment purp...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: when a farm retirement pension will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The pension payable to the person named under the early farm retirement scheme was suspended from September 2002 because the lease on enlargement lands held by his transferee had not been renewed. How...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath, whose herd was wiped out in August 2002 with BSE, and as a result had to obtain a new herd number, has not received a suckler cow premium to...More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 48.68 hectares. Payment of the 80% advance under the 2002 suckler cow premium...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a REP scheme payment; if it will be released instantly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local staffing issues in the farm development service office in Sligo have recently had some impact on the time taken to process REPS payment applications, including that of the person named. Processi...More Button

Written Answers. - Suckler Cow Quota.

Was asked: if an official from his Department will meet with a person (details supplied) in County Sligo to discuss an application for quota from the national reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The position with regard to the 2003 national reserve was that there were only some 1,500 suckler cow premium rights available for distribution. Since demand for reserve quota exceeded that figure, th...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Disease Controls.

Was asked: the circumstances of the removal by his Department's officials on 9 July 2002 of cattle belonging to a person (details supplied) in County Fermanagh which were on the southern side of the Border; and ...More Button

Following the imposition of the EU wide ban on the exportation of cattle from the UK in March 1996, Ireland introduced a ban on the importation of such cattle. It is absolutely imperative from the per...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will examine the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with no errors and an arable aid payment of €87,283.32 is due to issue to him on 16 November.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an extensification payment for 2001.More Button

The person named participated in the 2001 extensification premium scheme opting for the simplified system. He undertook to maintain a stocking density on his holding to less than 1.60 livestock units ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive area based payments for 2002.More Button

The person named included a parcel of land on his 2002 area aid application that related to a commonage. However, he failed to furnish proof of his entitlement to claim area aid in respect of this com...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in making a REP scheme payment to a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; when the balance of euro premium will be issued to this person; and if he will make a statem...More Button

The REPS application from the person named was received in my Department on 30 September 2002 and processing is now complete. Payment will issue within the next two weeks. This falls well within the t...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: when a farm retirement pension will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The application by the person named for the early retirement pension was received in my Department on 11 July 2002, but on 2 October 2002 he was informed that it had been rejected because of issues re...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when area based payments and suckler cow grants will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 16.90 hectares. Payment of the 80% advance under the 2002 suckler cow premium...More Button

Was asked: the reason a suckler cow grant has not been issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 42.53 hectares. Payment of the 80% advance under the 2002 suckler cow premium...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not been awarded an area based payment or a suckler cow grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on his 2002 area aid application which overlapped with a land parcel on another herdowner's application. Both parties have been written to in order to clarify t...More Button


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