Written Answers - Tax Code.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 695 No. 1

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  140.  Deputy Joe Carey  Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   if negotiations have taken place with any airlines in relation to the €10 travel tax; his plans to have such discussions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42026/09]

  143.  Deputy Fergus O’Dowd  Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   if discussions are ongoing between him and some airlines in relation to the €10 travel tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42005/09]

  145.  Deputy Joe Carey  Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   if his attention has been drawn to comments made in relation to the €10 travel tax by the Tourism Renewal Group; his views on its advice that the travel tax be abolished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42028/09]

  146.  Deputy Joe Carey  Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   if his attention has been drawn to comments made in relation to the €10 travel tax by the chairman of Fáilte Ireland in Fáilte Ireland’s submission to the Commission on Taxation; his views on this submission; if further discussions have taken place between Fáilte Ireland and himself on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42029/09]

[178]Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 140, 143, 145 and 146 together.

A meeting took place with the airline in question to discuss a range of issues and the air travel tax arose in that context. It is policy to review all taxes in the lead up to the Budget; however, there is no specific review of the air travel tax. We currently face significant financial challenges and the air travel tax is an important revenue raising measure.


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