Cuffe, Ciaran

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 701 No. 4

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 4 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Finance Bill 2010: Second Stage (Resumed).

I ask for some protection from the Chair.More Button

I suspect that is not the last we will hear from Deputy Durkan.More Button

We became far too dependent on the good-time taxes during the boom years. When we saw enormous increases in revenue——More Button

I suspect it is not a vanity mirror.More Button

I suspect that if Deputy Durkan were pulled in to the side of the road by a garda on a motorcycle, his excuse would not quite cut the mustard in terms of avoiding penalty points.More Button

Some protection for the Greens, of whatever hue, would be appreciated. The point I was making was that we became far too dependent on the good-time taxes during the boom years. There was considerable...More Button

If the Green Party position has moved on the issue of carbon taxation, I would love to hear about it. I suspect there are many different points of view within the Fine Gael tent.More Button

Deputy Durkan is——More Button

Our electricity utility companies are part of the emissions trading scheme, the Europe-wide scheme to reduce emissions. A carbon levy in Ireland will have a similar effect by putting a charge on cert...More Button

There is a measure of equity in that.More Button

This will make those fuels that are most harmful to the atmosphere more expensive to consume——More Button

——thus helping us to meet our climate change target of reducing emissions by 20% by 2020. It will be no mean feat to achieve that target. We cannot continue as we have done heretofore, despite prote...More Button

This will create incentives for new businesses to create low-carbon technologies and improve energy efficiency, which will gradually wean us off our great reliance on imported oil. Such a levy will a...More Button

We may well need some injury time.More Button

Good. Per capita, Ireland still ranks as the one of the highest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world. Aside from the moral argument that it is incumbent on each of us to play out part in solving t...More Button

If even the Fine Gael backbenchers understood this, I would be much happier than I am.More Button

Slowly but surely, we are running out of oil. Estimates as to when this will occur vary but as the International Energy Agency has pointed out, “the era of cheap oil is over”.More Button

A carbon levy can be used to change household and business behaviour, incentivising greater energy efficiency in our homes and the use of cleaner, greener technologies that will lessen our energy depe...More Button

To conclude——More Button

——new taxes are never popular, but as with the plastic-bag levy, a carbon levy has a clear environmental goal——More Button

——in addition to being in the long-term economic interest of the country. I thank the Acting Chairman for her protection.More Button

Private Members’ Business - Public Service Remuneration: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Finance Bill 2010: Second Stage (Resumed).

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Civil Service Staff.

Asked the minister: if, in view of the standing down of the committee on performance awards which had allowed Secretaries General to assign assistant secretaries specific and demanding targets for the year ahead that we...More Button


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