Lenihan, Brian Joseph

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 674 No. 1

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Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards.

Was asked: his views on whether it is appropriate that persons serving on the board of Anglo Irish Bank prior to its nationalisation should continue to serve as board members of other State authorities to which...More Button

Appointments to the board of a State Body are generally made by the Minister with responsibility for the Body in question, usually subject to the consent of the Minister for Finance. Renewals of appo...More Button

Written Answers - National Parks.

Was asked: his views on a proposal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: his views on changing the criteria to allow bus owners for eight to 11 seat buses avail of the VRT category C rate if they can prove that they are providing a service in their communities, instead of...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a revised VRT system for Category A vehicles was announced in Budget 2008 and came into effect on 1 July 2008. I have no plans to change the criteria in relation to the V...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: the nature of the planning permission for the national conference centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Drug Seizures.

Was asked: the quantity and value of drugs including a breakdown of each drug type seized by customs officials at Shannon airport in 2007 and 2008. More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the breakdown of drug seizures by Revenue Customs officers at Shannon Airport in 2007 and 2008 requested by the Deputy is: In 2007 there were 45 seizures...More Button

Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: the amount of rent which has been accrued from renting masts to mobile phone operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the number of quasi-government quangos that are in existence; and the annual cost of these quasi-Government quangos. More Button

It is not clear which bodies the Deputy has precisely in mind. If it is non-commercial semi-state bodies there are 117 of these with spending of Euro 6 billion, almost Euro 4 billion of which is acco...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: if it is his policy to refuse Freedom of Information requests; if Government Departments have been instructed accordingly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The broad purpose of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 1997 as amended in 2003, is to enable citizens to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the pu...More Button

Was asked: the number and percentage of Freedom of Information requests which have been turned down by his Department but subsequently overturned by the Information Commissioner’s Office. More Button

My Department received 180 requests in 2008. Of these, 123 were “part-granted” and 10 were refused. Five of those 133 requests (74% of total received) were appealed to the Information Commissioner. In...More Button

Was asked: if disciplinary action has been taken by any Government Department against staff who have wrongfully refused a Freedom of Information request. More Button

A decision to refuse a Freedom of Information (FOI) request can only be made on the basis that the information is exempt or the refusal of the information is allowed under the provisions of the Freedo...More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation.

Was asked: if PricewaterhouseCoopers was aware of loans to bank directors when it undertook its review of the banks in 2008 on behalf of the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were commissioned by the Financial Regulator to review the loan books and the capital position of six of the covered institutions as at 30th Septemb...More Button

Was asked: if Anglo Irish Bank is giving more favourable terms to clients such as a person (details supplied) than it gives to ordinary customers. More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arms length commercial basis. The terms applied to customers relate to the bank’s normal ongoing business, and is accordingly a matter for the Board of Anglo. As wi...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Was asked: if he will confirm that all banks seeking State assistance, including Anglo Irish Bank, are required by him to treat all of their customers equally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

All entities regulated by the Financial Regulator including those credit institutions (Banks, and Building Societies) who are being supported under the Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Scheme 2...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief.

Was asked: if the flood relief scheme for Clonmel, County Tipperary, will be expedited to prevent the flooding problems that have been experienced there in January 2009 with frequent flooding, damage and distur...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Was asked: if, following the bank guarantee scheme, the recapitalisation scheme and the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank, he has had discussions with each of the covered institutions in respect of salaries, ...More Button

As I have mentioned in previous answers to parliamentary questions, under the terms of the Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Scheme 2008, I established the Covered Institutions Remuneration Over...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the remuneration on a per annum basis of the acting Financial Regulator including annual salary bonus and other emoluments on compensation including pension entitlement on retirement; if the pension ...More Button

The Acting Chief Executive’s annual salary amounts to €285,341. This is the same salary as applied to the previous Chief Executive and also covers the Acting Chief Executive’s continuing role as Cons...More Button

Was asked: the compensation package on retirement of the Financial Regulator of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, who resigned on 31 January 2009 per media reports; the details of the package t...More Button

The Chief Executive of the Regulatory Authority is appointed by the other members of that Authority and the conditions of employment are agreed between the person and the other members of the Authorit...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the estimated expenditure on public service pensions for 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the pension levy will be in addition to existing pension contributions from public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the means by which the pension levy will be collected; if it will apply to basic income, or total income earned in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the expected income to the Exchequer from the 3% pension levy rate, the 5% rate, the 6.4% rate, the 7.2% rate, the 7.7% rate, the 8.1% rate, the 8.5% rate, the 8.8% rate, the 9.2% rate, the 9.4% rate...More Button

Was asked: the number of public servants who will be levied at the proposed 3% pension levy rate, the 5% rate, the 6.4% rate, the 7.2% rate, the 7.7% rate, the 8.1% rate, the 8.5% rate, the 8.8% rate, the 9.2% ...More Button

Was asked: if public servants with less than two years’ service within the public service will be subject to the pension levy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 228 to 232, inclusive, together. The projected expenditure on public service pensions for 2009 is estimated at €2.7 billion. This figure covers superannuation...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that a sum in excess of €100 million, which it was promised, as part of the deal in the sale of Government shares in Aer Lingus, would be put into the Aer Lingus pensioners’ fund, ...More Button

I understand that in 2007 Aer Lingus made a payment of €104 million for pension fund purposes from the proceeds of the Initial Public Offering. Details of this transaction are reported in the company...More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation.

Was asked: if he or the regulator was aware of the degree of concentration of Anglo Irish Bank’s loan book when he announced the decision to nationalise the bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were commissioned by the Financial Regulator to review the loan books and the capital position of six of the covered institutions as at 30th Septemb...More Button

Was asked: if he or the Financial Regulator had been informed of recent changes to the terms of the security of loans issued by Anglo Irish Bank prior to his announcement of the decision to nationalise the bank...More Button

The Financial Regulator and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement are currently conducting investigations into certain issues at Anglo Irish Bank. These investigations were ongoing prior...More Button

Was asked: if he or the Financial Regulator had investigated the circumstances surrounding loans issued by Anglo Irish Bank in the summer of 2008 for the purchase of shares in Anglo Irish Bank prior to his anno...More Button

The Financial Regulator and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement are currently conducting investigations into corporate governance issues at Anglo Irish Bank. These investigations were ...More Button

Written Answers - Fiscal Policy.

Was asked: if, with regard to the recent Budgetary Projections 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, the GDP, GNP and tax forecasts published in the ...More Button

In preparing the GDP, GNP and tax forecasts recently published in the Addendum to the Stability Programme Update, account was taken of the macroeconomic and fiscal impact of a reduction in Government ...More Button

Was asked: the way, with regard to table six in the recent Budgetary Projections 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, he has allocated the fiscal co...More Button

Table 5 of the Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme Update sets out the likely evolution of the public finances and the necessary amount of adjustment required the current budget to balance by 20...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to the latest Budgetary Provisions 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, the projections include expenditures for bank rec...More Button

In relation to the issue of recapitalisation of banking institutions, the Government has made clear that any injection of capital into the banks will be made with the expectation of a return on the in...More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of the projected capital resources and capital appropriations-in-aid with regard to the latest Budgetary Provisions 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009)...More Button

The breakdown of estimated capital Appropriations-in-Aid for 2009 is shown by Department in the following table and was published in Budget 2009. We provide an aggregate estimate for 2010 and 2011 as ...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to the latest Budgetary Provisions 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, he will provide an updated reconciliation between...More Button

The Exchequer Balance is the traditional domestic budgetary aggregate which measures Central Government’s net surplus or borrowing position. It is the difference between total receipts into and total...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the assumptions he has made regarding public sector pay growth and the non-pay deflator for Government consumption in forecasting gross voted current spending with regard to the la...More Button

The assumptions underlying the addendum to the Irish Stability Programme Update 2009 in relation to public sector pay allow for the cost associated with the Review and Transitional pay agreement, agre...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to the latest Budgetary Provisions 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, the forecast for debt service costs in non-voted ...More Button

Was asked: the estimated reduction in general Government borrowing in 2009 as a result of the expenditure control measures announced on 3 February 2009, taking into account the impact of these measures on tax r...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 255 together. The Addendum to the Stability Programme Update forecast an Exchequer Borrowing Requirement of €17,980 million for 2009. This took into account th...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to the latest Budgetary Provisions 2008 to 2013 (Addendum to the Irish Stability Programme January 2009) published by his Department, he will clarify the competitiveness assumptions u...More Button

The exchange rate and price developments are the main variables used to assess competitiveness. With regard to exchange rates, the norm is for my Department to use the Commission’s assumptions. These ...More Button

Written Answers - Heritage Sites.

Was asked: the Revenue generated in 2008 by tourism receipts from visitor attractions and heritage sites operated by the Office of Public Works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works receives a specific budget for the operation and maintenance of visitor attractions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount of the Office of Public Works budget in 2008, expended on salaries, administration and maintenance of visitor attractions and heritage sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 1% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 2% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 3% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 4% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 5% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer if there was a 6% reduction on the standard rate of VAT. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 211, inclusive, together. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the estimated full year cost to the Exchequer of a reduction in the standard rate of V...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 215 of 30 September 2008, when in early 2009 the Revenue Commissioners will publish their study on the effectiveness of the restriction on the use of incentive t...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the data from the 2007 tax returns filed by the high earners in question are currently being processed and analysed. They plan to have the results of a...More Button

Written Answers - Political Funding.

Was asked: if, in respect to the payment of the party’s annual allowance from the State, including the leader’s allowance, this money will continue to be paid after the Progressive Democrats are officially woun...More Button

The annual allowance to a parliamentary leader of a qualifying party ceases with the dissolution of that party except where there is an amalgamation of the party or the acceptance of all of the member...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: the position regarding site acquisition for a project (details supplied) in County Laois; the position of this project on the list of priorities; if approval has been given for this project to procee...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Was asked: if, in view of the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank, he has issued a direction in respect of salary scales to executives of the bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the remuneration of directors and senior executive staff of Anglo Irish Bank Corporation is being considered in the Covered Institution Remuneration Oversight Committee, ...More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation.

Was asked: if members of the current board of Anglo Irish Bank received loans from the bank for any purpose. More Button

The Financial Regulator has informed me that it is examining certain issues that have arisen at Anglo Irish Bank including where loans have been made to Directors. The Office of the Director of Corpo...More Button

Was asked: if he has issued direction in respect of the placing of new business by Anglo Irish Bank. More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arm’s length commercial basis and I have issued no such direction. The Board of Anglo is preparing a comprehensive business plan which will be required to demonstr...More Button

Was asked: if he has issued direction in respect of corporate sponsorship, corporate entertainment or credit card expense entitlement in respect of Anglo Irish Bank executives; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arm’s length commercial basis. Accordingly, normal commercial decisions, which include decisions on corporate sponsorship, corporate entertainment or credit card e...More Button

Was asked: the number of Anglo Irish Bank personnel on annual salary scales in excess of €250,000 €150,000 and €100,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arm’s length basis to allow the full potential of the bank’s business to be realised. Accordingly, the normal ongoing business of the bank, which includes the pay ...More Button

Was asked: if he has issued an instruction to the board of Anglo Irish Bank in relation to the appointment of the new chief executive officer of the bank; his views on whether it is appropriate that such appoin...More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arm’s length commercial basis. I have delegated the function of appointing a chief executive officer under section 20 (b) of the Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Act 2...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: his views on amending the provisions of section 31 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2008; if, in view of the practical nature of establishing a limited company and the significant merit of the new provisio...More Button

Was asked: if he has received representations that the starting date set out in section 31 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2008 is too restrictive in that many start-up companies would have formed a limited liabilit...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 and 225 together. The provisions of section 31 of the Finance (No 2) Act 2008 provide for relief from corporation tax for their first 3 years of operation for comp...More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation.

Was asked: the nature of the investigation under the direction of the Financial Regulator into certain matters at Anglo Irish Bank, in particular the loans issued by the bank to its directors; the terms of refe...More Button

The Financial Regulator is examining issues that have arisen in Anglo Irish Bank including where loans were made to former directors. These issues span a considerable period of time are complex and i...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment.

Was asked: when the new customs cutter and new X-ray container scanner will be purchased and in service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that construction of the second Revenue cutter is proceeding well. Delivery is expected in September 2009 and, on that basis, plans are in place to have the ...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if the new levy which has been introduced is deductible before the calculation of income tax; if he has received legal advice on whether double taxation of income taken in levies breaches the princip...More Button

I understand the Deputy is referring to the income levy which took effect from 1 January 2009. The position is that the income levy applies to gross income and constitutes an additional tax. The inco...More Button

Was asked: the proposals to increase betting tax in betting shops from 1% to 2%; when this will be introduced; the expected revenue to be generated; the impact this will have on unemployment in the industry; an...More Button

I announced in Budget 2009 that the betting duty would be increased from 1 to 2%. Subsequently, I met a wide range of representatives from the betting industry where the problems faced by the sector,...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: the progress made in the purchase of a site (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Architectural Heritage.

Was asked: his plans for a site (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the timetable for seeking planning permission in respect of the revised visitor centre design; the timetable for re-pointing of the keep a...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the tax benefits available to a person seeking to lease a section or sections of his or her home to non-related tenants; the regulations covering such leasing; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that money that is received by an individual in respect of the letting, for residential purposes, of part of that individual’s home is exempt from income tax...More Button

Was asked: his view on correspondence (details supplied) and on whether the position adopted in this case will adversely affect first-time buyers; his plans to assist first-time buyers in such instances; and ...More Button

The Government believes that it is important to ensure that in so far as possible mortgages are available to people who want to buy houses. In the context of discussions on recapitalisation before Ch...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection.

Was asked: when a tax rebate will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Laois from whom tax was deducted under section 246 of the Tax Consolidation Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that there is no record of receiving a claim for repayment of tax from the taxpayer. Previous representations were made last year on the matter. Reve...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 291 and 294 of 27 January 2009, the arrangements which exist to cease the deduction of the 1% income levy on the pay and pensions of people over 65 years who...More Button

Where the individual has an entitlement to a full medical card at any time during the year the individual should forward a copy of their full medical card to their employer/pension provider and the em...More Button

Was asked: the input the proposed new pension levy on public sector incomes will have on the cost of buying back years of service for persons who will not have full service upon reaching the age of 65 years; ...More Button

The scheme for the purchase of notional service allows officers who would have less than maximum pensionable service at age 60 or 65 and who fulfil certain other conditions to purchase additional reck...More Button

Written Answers - National Treasury Management Agency.

Was asked: his views on the establishment of a national loan scheme whereby members of the public would have the opportunity to make funds available to the State for a defined period of time in return for a s...More Button

I would like to draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that savings bonds, savings certificates and national instalment savings, three of the Government’s personal savings products for which the Nati...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Was asked: his plans to limit the pay and severance terms of executives in banks and other organisations which are receiving State bailouts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Section 47 of the Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Scheme 2008 (Scheme) requires each covered institution to prepare a plan to structure the remuneration packages of directors and executives, i...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if the new public sector pension levy will apply to people already receiving a State pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the new public sector pension levy will apply to public sector workers who are not receiving a public sector pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together. The pension related deduction applies to public servants, that is those who are employed in a public service body. It will not apply to occupati...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of civil servants; the number of whom are not employed on a permanent basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Based on returns made to my Department for end September 2008 [the last date for which complete data are available] the number of serving non industrial civil servants was estimated to be 37,000 full ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will clarify a matter (details supplied). More Button

My officials will be in touch with the Deputy setting out the procedure to be followed in relation to the matter raised.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if he will make a statement in respect of the VAT position and the stamp duty position on transactions (details supplied). More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the position in relation to the transactions concerned is as follows. With regard to VAT, the renting of residential property is exempt from VAT. Befo...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: the additional cost to the State for each person that loses his or her job in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Job losses have an impact on the Exchequer finances in two ways — through additional social welfare costs and reduced tax revenue. The exact additional cost depends on individual circumstances, for e...More Button

Written Answers - Live Register.

Was asked: the average and end year live register projection for 2009 underpinning budgetary forecasts in the updated stability programme. More Button

The Addendum to the Stability Programme Update was published on 9th January 2009 and the labour market projections are based on information up to the end of last year. In preparing the budgetary fore...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if the new pension related payment to be required of public servants announced on 3 February 2009 will benefit from tax relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The proposed pension-related deduction for public servants will operate under what is known as the “net pay” arrangement, whereby pension contributions for PAYE taxpayers, including those in the publi...More Button

Was asked: if the estimate of €1.4 billion in full year payroll savings as a result of the measures announced on 3 February 2009 is calculated before or after the impact on income tax receipts. More Button

As is the norm, the additional pension contribution to be made by public servants will attract tax relief. The actual amount of tax relief depends on an individual’s circumstances but as a broad rule ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Pay.

Was asked: the breakdown of the €1.4 billion savings in the public sector pay bill announced on 3 February 2009. More Button

The savings in question, which are on an annual basis, breakdown as follows: €1.35bn to be achieved through the public service pension-related deduction and €50 million to be achieved mainly through a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the breakdown of the €140 million expenditure reduction through general administration efficiencies and savings. More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of the €80 million expenditure reduction in professional fees. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together. Of the €140 million savings from general administrative efficiencies, €50 million is in respect of savings arising from the non-payment of the pa...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the capital programmes and projects that will no longer proceed in 2009 as a result of the Government’s decision to re-prioritise €150 million of capital spending on employment intensive activities i...More Button

The capital allocation for every Department announced in Budget 2009 was reduced pro-rata by 1.8% to raise €150 million which has been allocated to school building work and to home insulation and ener...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Yield.

Was asked: if he will provide an updated monthly profile of projected Exchequer receipts and expenditures consistent with the budgetary projections in the revised stability programme. More Button

Monthly profiles of projected receipts and expenditure are normally published by the end of January every year. However, this year, reflecting the fact that the tax forecasts were revised at the star...More Button

Was asked: the annual return to the Exchequer from stamp duty on cheques in each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; the rates applying in each of these years; the dates on which increases came into effect;...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the net receipt in the years 2005 to 2008 from stamp duty on cheques issued by financial institutions is as follows: The rate of stamp duty on cheques w...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the rate of capital gains tax under a compulsory purchase order for road building or road widening, in which the compensation was received in 2008 for farmland acquired in 2007; the position in respe...More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the rate of capital gains tax (CGT) payable for the disposal of an asset is the rate on the date of disposal of that asset. For CGT purposes, the date o...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the private consultancy firms his Department used during the periods 1 January to 14 October 2008 and 15 October 2008 to date in 2009; the projects each worked on; the cost to his Department for each...More Button

The following table sets out the private consultancy firms used by my Department and the offices under its aegis in the periods to which the Deputy refers. In the time available to answer the questio...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the cost of bonus payments made to staff in his Department for 2008; the amount set aside in his Department for bonus payments in 2009; if he will make a statement on the circumstances where a staff ...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to performance related awards schemes for civil servants for civil servants, which fall into three categories. Assistant Secretary Awards: Following recommendations ma...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if he will support a matter (details supplied). More Button

The position is that there are no specific tax reliefs available for individuals who care for a person with a disability. However, the carer may be entitled to tax relief under the heading of health ...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Was asked: if senior staff at Anglo Irish Bank received Christmas bonuses. More Button

Anglo Irish Bank is being run on an arms length commercial basis. Accordingly, the normal ongoing business of the bank, which includes the pay and conditions of staff, is a matter for the Board of An...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: if construction on the Courthouse project for Waterford is to commence in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Yield.

Was asked: the yield for the Exchequer if the pension levy was increased from 2% to 3% for people earning above €200,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand the Deputy is referring to the income levy. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that an increase in the income levy from 2% to 3% on incomes above €200,000 would yield approximate...More Button

Was asked: the yield for the Exchequer if the pension levy was increased from 2% to 3% for people earning above €100,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand the Deputy is referring to the income levy. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that an increase in the income levy from 2% to 3% on incomes above €100,100 would yield approximate...More Button

Was asked: the savings to the Exchequer if the pay pause was implemented for public sector workers who earn €80,000 or more; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is estimated that the pension related deduction will yield in the region of €300 million in a full year from public service workers in the pay band mentioned by the Deputy. It is further estimated...More Button

Was asked: the yield to the Exchequer if Irish citizens claiming to be non-resident for tax purposes were to lose their non-resident status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The taxation of individuals in the State is in line with that prevailing in other jurisdictions, that is to say — (a) individuals who are resident in the State for tax purposes are taxable here on the...More Button

Written Answers - Harbour Authorities.

Was asked: his plans for the provision of a customs entry post at Killybegs, County Donegal; when it is intended to provide such a facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that one officer is assigned full time to Killybegs Port and is accommodated in Killybegs Fisheries Harbour Centre. The Revenue Anti-Evasion Team also covers...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the savings expected in the projected final pensions bill to be funded by the national pensions reserve fund as a result of the decision to increase the levy that public servants must make to their p...More Button

The pension deduction element of the payroll saving will be €1.35 billion in a full-year and €1.12 billion in 2009. These savings will be applied to the benefit of the Exchequer and are not earmarked...More Button

Written Answers - Mortgage Payments.

Was asked: his plans to support persons who are having difficulties meeting their monthly mortgage payments. More Button

As I stated in this House on 27 January 2009 measures are already in place to support households that experience difficulties in meeting their mortgage payments. For example, the Mortgage Interest Su...More Button


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