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Written Answers — Department of Health: Medicinal Products (15 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 446. To ask the Minister for Health if toilax has been withdrawn for use in Ireland; if there is a supply issue given that it is essential in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33070/21]

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (15 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I thank both Ministers for their contributions. It seems People Before Profit is alone in challenging the consensus on what we consider to be the immorally low corporation tax rate which is applied here. I refer not just to the nominal rate but to the effective rate. It is derisory and that rate is imposed on some of the wealthiest corporations in the world. We have been pretty much alone...

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (15 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The suggestion that the effective rate in this country is anywhere even close to 12.5% is absolutely preposterous. The Minister knows there is a serious ongoing debate concerning what "effective rate" means. However, pre-tax gross profits - perhaps the Minister might give us the figures just to confirm this point - in the corporate sector are approximately €180 billion annually,...

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (15 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: That is where the scam is.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (15 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: How standing with a number of tax havens against an overwhelming consensus from Europe, the United States and elsewhere, is providing certainty for this country defies belief. We clearly have differing views on this. We know that we need to dramatically increase expenditure on housing. The Minister is not giving away the figure. We believe he should double housing expenditure. In...

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: This section removes the exemption for newly-built properties and, as such, we are against it.

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: This section abolishes the first-time buyer's exemption from next year so we do not agree with it.

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: This section abolishes the exemption for unfinished estates from next year. We are against it.

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I move amendment No. 1: In page 5, line 9, to delete "the later of" and substitute "9 October 2021". The purpose of these amendments is to ensure that there is no option to extend the measures in this Bill, as is currently the case. We have put down this amendment in the context that we are opposed to the Bill. Regrettably, we will have to vote against it. If, as is almost certain,...

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Economic and Social Council (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The film producers refused to engage with that.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: As we get towards the end of this Dáil session, I appeal to the Taoiseach on an issue I have raised a number of times over the past few weeks. Despite his promises that there would not be a PUP income cliff for those who have lost income or employment as a result of the pandemic and who are still significantly impacted by the pandemic and the lack of recovery in their sectors, such a...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Government should not push them over a cliff.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Some of them are going over the cliff in September.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Could we give the Taoiseach an extra two minutes to respond and take the time from the third group? There are only a couple of questioners in the third group.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I am hoping to get answers.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Will the Taoiseach look into it?

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Economic and Social Council (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 9. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of the National Economic and Social Council, an independent statutory agency operating under the aegis of his Department. [37715/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Economic and Social Council (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: NESC has done quite a lot of work on the area of good employment and what that should be. I have raised with the Taoiseach on a number of occasions, as have others and advocates in the areas of arts, film and cultural works, the distinct lack of good work. Film relief under section 481 contains a legal requirement for quality employment but, as NESC points out, that is not defined. I will...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The committee the Taoiseach is talking about also deals with social affairs and equality. A week or two ago, I raised the issue of St. Mary's Boys' National School in Booterstown with the Taoiseach. For months it has been seeking to get sign-off from the Government on an attempt to purchase the parish hall, which the parish is willing to sell, for an autism spectrum disorder, ASD, unit. At...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: It is not just us. The ESRI is saying it now.

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