Dáil debates

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed)


4:15 pm

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance) | Oireachtas source

The Deputy will have his chance to speak.

We can do that by putting a modest bit of tax on wealth, on the profits of the corporations and on the very high earners and using that to finance a public investment programme in infrastructure, in public services and in strategic enterprises. Fine Gael claims there is no money for that. They say there is no pot of gold, that the rich do not have any money. I ask if those opposite have read the Central Bank quarterly statistical report. They should read it. The Central Bank is not a bastion of socialism or radical thinking. The statistics show that between 2011 and 2012, the amount of financial and other assets in this country increased by €16 billion, from €440 billion to €460 billion, which equates to a 3.6% increase in household assets-----


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