Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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Why I Had No Option but to Leave the Social Democrats

Why I Had No Option but to Leave the Social Democrats

I’m writing today about what the State needs to do to secure in the region of €10bn to €20bn in potentially lost taxes from the so-called vulture funds. However, I would first like to comment briefly on my decision to resign from the Social Democrats. Having vested so much in...
Move to Close Loopholes on Tax Avoidance Still Full Of Loopholes

Move to Close Loopholes on Tax Avoidance Still Full Of Loopholes

The draft legislation published by Minister for Finance this week is a welcome first step, but it has more loopholes than a Swiss Cheese. Initial soundings suggest that the proposed amendment, aimed at shutting down tax avoidance by so-called vulture funds, might only stop about a tenth of what’s going...
Wicklow Broadband Speeds Below Par

Wicklow Broadband Speeds Below Par

A NEW report has revealed that Wicklow primary schools are being deprived of available broadband speeds. A study obtained by the Wicklow Voice has revealed that some primary schools in the county currently have access to only 1% of the broadband speed available in certain area. When the internet connections...
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Cutting the Red Tape for SMEs

Cutting the Red Tape for SMEs

I meet regularly with business owners and their representative bodies across the county. Time and again, they raise the issue of compliance and regulation, and how time consuming and expensive it is, due to the numerous State bodies involved, and the lack of joined up thinking in terms of the hurdles they are asked to...
Take a Break for Mental Health

Take a Break for Mental Health

  I will be hosting a coffee morning between 10AM and 3PM on the 30th of September in aid of Suicide or Survive in my constituency office in Greystones. I would be delighted if you could come along to help us raise awareness as part of Suicide or Survive’s National Tea Break. Suicide or Survive is...
Statement by Stephen Donnelly TD Announcing His Departure

Statement by Stephen Donnelly TD Announcing His Departure

STATEMENT BY STEPHEN DONNELLY TD ANNOUNCING HIS DEPARTURE FROM THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS Donnelly to reflect on how he can best continue to serve his constituents of Wicklow & East Carlow Monday 5 September, 2016: I am announcing, after a prolonged period of consideration, that I am leaving the Social Democrats with immediate effect. I do...
Tax Avoidance Anomaly Means Pain for Taxpayers

Tax Avoidance Anomaly Means Pain for Taxpayers

In recent weeks, I’ve been looking into entirely lawful ‘tax neutral’ schemes being used by so-called vulture funds in Ireland. And I fear a legitimate law could inadvertently lead to one of the biggest avoidance of Irish taxes in the State’s history. We could be looking at total lost taxes in the region of €20bn...
New Politics – What Is It, and Why Do We Need It?

New Politics – What Is It, and Why Do We Need It?

Earlier this week I had the great honour of speaking at the MacGill Summer School, on this nebulous idea of ‘New Politics’. I wanted to lay out the context for New Politics – why we need it, and what on earth it is. New Politics – What is it, and why do we need it?...
Who Owns Mars Capital?

Who Owns Mars Capital?

Mars Capital – the company that bought the mortgages of Irish families from IBRC at a 58% discount – is owned by a children’s charity. From Leaders Questions: “Last week I showed how a U.S. vulture fund structured its Irish subsidiary, Mars Capital, to avoid paying taxes in Ireland on its Irish profits. I now...