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In the Dáil
Statement

Statement

This morning, the Fianna Fáil Whip Michael Moynihan TD received a letter from Stephen Donnelly TD applying to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party. The application was discussed at this morning’s meeting. Stephen’s admission was then formally proposed and approved unanimously. Party Leader MIcheál Martin TD commented, “I would like to welcome Stephen Donnelly to...
The Housing Crisis and the Commercial Property Bubble

The Housing Crisis and the Commercial Property Bubble

  We’re in the middle of a bubble in commercial property in Dublin that’s bubblier now than it was in 2007. It’s being caused in part by…you guessed it…Fine Gael tax breaks for foreign investors! Who cares? Every citizen, who sees vast taxes being missed that are sorely needed. Local businesses, who’ve seen their rents double in...
Oxfam Reckon We're a Tax Haven

Oxfam Reckon We’re a Tax Haven

    It’d be easy to dismiss Oxfam’s work as alarmist, or unfair, or misleading, but they’re not alone. In 2013, Ireland was singled out as a tax haven by the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security; In 2015, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights stated that “When lists of tax...
Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children's charity?

Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children’s charity?

Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children’s charity? Why would the children’s charity list the Temple Street Children’s Hospital as one of their ‘Foundation Partners’…when Temple Street then say on national radio that they’re not? And then there was Fergus Finlay on today, saying Barnardos shouldn’t be listed either, referencing children...
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...