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Monthly archive June, 2014
What would a wealth tax cost us?

What would a wealth tax cost us?

We shouldn’t introduce a wealth tax in Ireland – we should makes changes to the ill-conceived property tax to turn it into a real wealth tax that’s stable, smart and reasonable. Here are four quick reasons why. One, the property tax is neither the wealth tax, nor the local service fund, we’re told it is....
How to improve School Admissions

How to improve School Admissions

On Friday, june 20, 2014, I discussed the Draft Admission to Schools Bill, designed to improve how we regulate the admission of children to primary and post primary schools with Minister Quinn. This legislation is of interest to people in North Wicklow due to school admissions issues related to the new Educate Together School in...
Regulating the scrap and precious metal trade

Regulating the scrap and precious metal trade

On Friday June 20, 2014, I spoke in support of the Scrap and Precious Metal Dealers Bill 2013. This legislation would ensure that anyone dealing in precious ans scrap metals keeps meticulous records, ensure that items bought from a vendor without a place of business must be kept for 30 days, and give Gardai powers...
Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

The very mistake made in setting up the Banking Inquiry is the same one that allowed the banking collapse happen in the first place. Ironic, and very dangerous. If we’re to avoid another crisis in a few years’ time, the Establishment must be able to learn from its own mistakes – something it has resisted...
RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

A report from RTE’s Nine O’Clock News on Sunday, June 15, following my decision to step down from the Banking Inquiry due to political interference from the Taoiseach. You can read more about why I took this decision here.
Why I will not take part in this Banking Inquiry

Why I will not take part in this Banking Inquiry

On Tuesday morning the Taoiseach ended any hope of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry working free of Cabinet control. In an extraordinary statement on the floor of the House, he admitted the Government majority, being railroaded through, was so the Government could set the terms of reference, pass the final report, and ensure they would knew...