Cullen, Martin

Wednesday, 4 December 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 5

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Financial Resolutions, 2002. - Financial Resolution No. 3: Income Tax.

It will impact on the profit margins of builders.More Button

It may reduce the margin for them.More Button

It is over €150.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 10: Value-Added Tax.

I move: (1) THAT the rate of value-added tax on the supply of certain goods and services at present chargeable at the rate of 12.5 per cent be increased to 13.5 per cent of the amount on which tax is ...More Button

That is €350 per year for seven years. More Button

Buyers do not get the cheque until the house is bought.More Button

The figure is €10—More Button

They all welcome it.More Button

Nobody is complaining about it. (Interruptions).More Button

I have no intention of changing the order agreed by the House and the Deputies know that well.More Button

To be helpful to the Deputy, if his daughter has the full increase paid before the end of the year it is not subject to VAT.More Button

With regard to the discussion about first-time buyers, the tax relief now available for first-time buyers over seven years is €11,200 in the case of a couple. It is important to record that and get ri...More Button

Those who have already been first-time buyers in the past five years will benefit immeasurably from this because those who might have come out of the system this year will now get an extra two years. ...More Button

Let us get real about what we are trying to do. I am targeting first-time buyers. The second point I would make is that more than 55% of first-time buyers are buying second-hand houses, so that issue ...More Button

In spite of what some Opposition Deputies said, the effect of this budget on an ESB bill of €100 is 88 cent.More Button

I know what the Deputy's problem is. He is unable to deal with the fact that the Government, to his amazement, delivered a €10 per week increase to old age pensioners.More Button

That is the shock.More Button

I am far happier to be part of a Government which looks after those who have contributed in their long lives to the welfare of this country and which seeks to raise small amounts of money from the res...More Button

Deputy Higgins went on about cinema tickets. We pay more for a can of Coke and a box of popcorn than we do for a cinema ticket.More Button

We do. The cost of a can of Coke and the popcorn is substantially more than the cost of the cinema ticket.More Button

The bleeding heart argument would want to be toned down a little because that is the reality. I am happy to commend the resolution to the House.More Button

Written Answers. - Playground Facilities.

Was asked: the plans there are to carry out the overdue improvements to the run-down play facility in Phoenix Park, Dublin 7.More Button

A contract for the complete renewal of the playground in the People's Gardens, Phoenix Park, was placed on behalf of my Department last week. It is anticipated that works will commence before Christma...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Permission.

Was asked: when approval will be granted in respect of construction of a dwelling by Carlow County Council in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the reason a rural dwelling at Carrigmore, Bagenalstown, County Carlow, already approved and site transferred, has been referred back to the county council for redesign and re-tender; and if he will m...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 330 and 337 together. Carlow County Council submitted a proposal to my Department in August seeking approval to accept a tender for the construction of a rural house a...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will approve the extra funds needed for the extensions to the Westport main drainage scheme in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Further consideration will be given to Mayo County Council's proposals for certain extensions to this scheme, which is under construction, on receipt of the additional information requested from the c...More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the number of homeless people registered in Kildare; the number of hostels funded by Departments in Kildare; the number of beds available in such hostels; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

According to the 2002 assessment of housing needs, there were 72 people registered as homeless and in need of, and suitable for, local authority housing in Kildare. There are 56 bed spaces available f...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 465 of 26 November, if the same figures for the other three Dublin local authorities will be provided.More Button

The capital allocations for the payment of house purchase and improvement loans, disabled persons and essential repairs grants notified to the three Dublin authorities, other than South Dublin County ...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if there are plans to introduce legislation to give executive type powers to directly elected mayors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 9, 15 and 47 of 28 November. This states my intention to complete consideration of all issues around arrangements for the direct election of the cathaoirleach of...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: when he will issue a reply to correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A reply to the correspondence in question issued on 21 November.More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Was asked: if money will be made available to Ennis Town Council for emergency repair for housing under its application for funding under the RAPID programme for housing; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The RAPID programme is a focused initiative to front load and prioritise investment already indicated under the national development plan in the most disadvantaged areas. As many as 45 areas have been...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to ensure a start date for the water treatment scheme for Waterville village in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to ensure a start date for the water treatment scheme for Waterville village, County Kerry as funding was allocated for this scheme more than three years ago; and if he wi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 and 343 together. A preliminary report for the Waterville water supply scheme, which has been included in my Department's water services investment programme 2002-...More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Was asked: when funding for RAPID projects in local authority housing estates in Dundalk and Drogheda will be available; the amount of funding which will be available; the amount of funding which will be provide...More Button

The RAPID programme is a focused initiative to front load and prioritise investment already indicated under the NDP in the most disadvantaged areas. As many as 45 areas have been included in the progr...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the way in which the 5% cut in funds for local authority and social housing programmes will affect the Government's housing strategy, stated on 13 November, to maintain and diversify this high level o...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will maintain the 2002 target of meeting the accommodation needs of 13,000 households in 2003; the number of new housing starts which will be undertaken by local authorities in 2002;...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 340 and 341 together. While the Exchequer provision for social and affordable housing in 2003 is down 5%, the provision of €932 million for Exchequer capital expenditu...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Acts.

Was asked: when it is proposed to act on the recommendations of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution regarding the abolition of the university franchise for Seanad Éireann elections; and if he ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 334 of 10 October. The Seventh Progress Report of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution is under consideration. Question No. 343 answere...More Button

Written Answers. - Natural Heritage Areas.

Was asked: the definition of a natural heritage area; the number and location of natural heritage areas here at present; the number and location of areas which are being considered to be designated as natural he...More Button

Between 1992 and 1994 a survey of known areas of ecological interest in Ireland was undertaken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is now part of my Department. The survey recorded habit...More Button

Written Answers. - Architectural Heritage.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on the renovation work at Carrigafoyle Castle, County Kerry, to date; the total budget available for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his future plans for Carrigafoyle Castle, Ballylongford, County Kerry; if his plans include the restoration of the ground floor of the castle to facilitate the large number of tourists visiting the at...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 345 and 346 together. My Department is currently carrying out a programme of conservation and restoration works to the Carrigafoyle Castle structure. This comprises of...More Button


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