Tuesday, 4 October 2022
Defective Concrete Products Levy: Motion [Private Members]
Paschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source
How can this party want a broader levy, which I will come to, and not also indicate that there are risks? Sinn Féin has said that it wants a bigger levy. If it does not the party will clarify that point as the evening was on. If there is a risk, however, with a levy of €80 million, how is there a smaller risk with a bigger levy?
The next charge Sinn Féin makes is that we need a broader levy and more people to pay this levy. Here we hear a reminder of those to whom Sinn Féin always goes to seek payment. They are the developers. I acknowledge that the construction sector has a role to play in responding to this. How could Sinn Féin pretend that we can levy the developers and that there will not be risk and consequence in that these are the same developers we need to build all of the homes that the House just spent the past number of hours debating the need for? There are risks and challenges with that as well.
Sinn Féin then says that we should levy the banks. We already have a bank levy.