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

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Monthly archive November, 2011

Statement | Wicklow’s charities should be exempt from VAT

Stephen Donnelly TD has called for charities to be made exempt from VAT as part of the forthcoming budget. Raising this plight of charities, struggling under cuts and increased demands on their services, with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this morning, he said: “In a time when there is very little money available it must...

Speech | We, not the Europeans, should govern this country

“I ask the Taoiseach to go to Europe and represent the view that we, rather than Europeans, should govern this country,” Stephen Donnelly TD said in the Dáil this morning. “Since my election to the Dáil I have become increasingly concerned about a growing view that we are not capable of governing ourselves.  According to...

Dáil question | Exempt charities from VAT

Stephen called for charities to be exempted from paying VAT in the Dáil this morning. He said: “Last week, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul used the word “crisis” with respect to what it is dealing with.  It said it used that word for the first time in its history.  In a time when...

Video | Stephen joins TDs and senators to record Christmas single for Pieta House

Stephen has joined colleagues from across Leinster House to record a Christmas single in aid of Pieta House, the charity working on the issue of suicide prevention. Stephen said: “I’m afraid I wasn’t blessed with the greatest voice in the world so my initial response was that there was no way I’d put anybody through...

PQ | Housing: Mortgage-to-rent schemes

Stephen asked the Minister for the Environment the following question, answered on Tuesday, 29th November, 2011. To ask the Minister for Finance with regard to comments made on 12 October 2011 that two pilot mortgage-to-rent schemes were due to be launched the following week, the date on which work started on developing the pilot mortgage-to-rent...

Supports for self employed: response from Minister for Social Protection

Stephen spoke last week on the inadequacy of supports for the self-employed whose businesses fail. Following this, we submitted a parliamentary question seeking a comparison of the unemployment benefits available to former PAYE workers and those for the self-employed. We have just received the response (see below). Stephen said today: I have met self-employed parents...