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Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

The people of Wicklow have been crystal clear on what they want to happen – Full and permanent public ownership of our water system. It is essential. I tabled a Bill to that effect last year, and I welcome the support that Deputy Collins’ Bill has received in the Dail this week. The Bill was...
Fighting Double Taxation for Accidental Landlords

Fighting Double Taxation for Accidental Landlords

Some of you reading this are trapped in negative equity. You bought a small apartment around 2005. You paid a fortune in taxes on it. Today, you have kids, and the apartment isn’t suitable to raise your family in. So you need to move. But you can’t sell the apartment. And you can’t buy a...
Tax Breaks for Commercial Property Will Fuel Bubble

Tax Breaks for Commercial Property Will Fuel Bubble

Proposed new tax breaks in the Finance Bill will fuel an existing commercial property bubble in Dublin. They’ll do this by making commercial property investment, mainly by large foreign landlords, entirely tax free. This will drive up commercial rents, suppress residential development, put Irish banks at risk, and deprive the State of much-needed funds. As...
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.