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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: Yes.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: I thank the witnesses Mr. Murphy, Mr. Gavin, Mr. Comer, Mr. Downey and Mr. Smith for coming before us today and delivering their presentations. As part of the budget cycle we will be extrapolating information from the presentations and sending it on to the finance committee. I propose that we suspend the sitting to allow the meeting to come to an end and resume in private session.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: As a consumer I like what Mr. Murphy is proposing, but I have concerns about it as a legislator. We can discuss the matter. It would be akin to saying that buying a car next week would be cheaper for me.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: The question is what the cost would be to the Exchequer. We are not a car manufacturing nation. We do not make tyres either. We might make some components for cars but on a minimal basis. The car industry is not indigenous to us in the same way as it is in Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States and Italy, among others. I accept that it would be a cheaper product for the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: A counter-argument is that although the tax returns are not being generated, a significant amount of cash is not going out of the country at the same time because the product is imported.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: From the perspective of the retailer, if one breaks it down between the tax, the car company and the retailer, where is the apportionment of cost and profit?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: The last time I met with the Irish Road Haulage Association and Mr. Gavin, I was chairing the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht and an issue arose about the purchase of fuel. Something similar to what we proposed was happening in Belgium or the Netherlands. What progress, if any, has been made on that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: How many haulage firms are in the country?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: Do they range from sole traders to multiples?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: Mr. Comer made some comments about a land leasing scheme. Will he give us some further information on that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: What is the percentage of land being leased?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: I need to suspend the meeting temporarily, as there is a vote on the Order of Business in the Chamber. As soon as that is concluded, we will resume the meeting. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: We will commence session 5 of the pre-budget submissions and a roundtable discussion on agriculture and transport. I welcome Mr. Eddie Downey, president, and Mr. Pat Smith, general secretary, of the Irish Farmers Association, IFA; Mr. John Comer, president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, ICMSA; Mr. Denis Murphy, managing director of Blackwater Motors and Audi Cork; and Mr....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: I must ask Mr. Downey to conclude soon.

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Medical Records (17 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: 786. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the way in which a person (details supplied) in County Cork can obtain medical records relating to a period of detention in an industrial school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32506/14]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: Mr. Allen indicated that he would like to come in on that issue.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: The Senator can ask a question at the end.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: I will bring matters to a conclusion. I thank the witnesses for coming here today. It has been a constructive and worthwhile discussion and certainly has assisted the committee in its series of meetings with different sectoral interests as part of our pre-budgetary considerations. I thank the witnesses for their submissions and engagement with the committee.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: I call Senator Barrett and will give some time to wrap up if there is anything else.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Pre-Budget Submissions: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jul 2014)

Ciarán Lynch: Mr. Davitt might answer that question. In summary, the construction or production cost of a house still is quite expensive, despite the price of property.

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