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Monthly archive October, 2016
Finance Bill Means Commercial Landlords Could Soon Be Completely Tax Free

Finance Bill Means Commercial Landlords Could Soon Be Completely Tax Free

Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow has raised serious concerns that changes announced in this month’s Finance Bill will lead to large domestic and foreign commercial landlords operating completely tax free in Ireland. This would lead to higher rents for families and businesses, bigger mortgages, less public money for investment in services...
Bray Dart Station Facelift

Bray Dart Station Facelift

It seems to take time to get things done in the public / political sectors in Ireland, but when they come about, it’s wonderful. About 18 months ago I started working on an urban renewal idea for Bray – the area around the Dart Station. It’s dirty, it’s unwelcoming and it makes people feel unsafe...
The First-time Buyers' Allowance is Madness, Wasteful and Inequitable

The First-time Buyers’ Allowance is Madness, Wasteful and Inequitable

Okay – so the first time buyers’ grant turned out to be €20k, rather than €10k. That just means it’s twice as bad – for first time buyers’, for the negative equity generation, and pretty much for everyone else. As a reminder, here’s why, and what should happen instead…
Budget 2017 - Some Good, some Bad, Lots Missing

Budget 2017 – Some Good, some Bad, Lots Missing

The budget – Some good, some bad, lots missing, and sadly lacking in ambition. But tax avoidance in there, as is childcare, and special needs…here’s my contribution in the Dáil.
The Budget- What's missing and how do we pay for it?

The Budget- What’s missing and how do we pay for it?

The budget has some winners, but many losers – more in terms of lack of attention than explicit damage. Here’s a few minutes from the Dáil on what we should be doing – in education, the arts, and other areas – AND how we can pay for it.
Donnelly Submits €20BN Proposal on Vulture Funds

Donnelly Submits €20BN Proposal on Vulture Funds

Stephen Donnelly, TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, has submitted a detailed proposal to target €20bn in future avoided taxes. Many so-called vulture funds are using a tax avoidance mechanism called Section 110 to pay almost zero Irish taxes on billions in profits. The matter has been highlighted by Deputy Donnelly over several months, and...