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Special Educational Needs: Statements (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I wish to draw a parallel. I attended at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Gender Equality this morning at which there were presentations from groups involved in care work and some academics. It was interesting that the same issue arose about not knowing the full extent of the care needs, the numbers of carers and those who undertake care work in the country. It is, therefore, difficult...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Abdullah al-Howaiti was a 14-year-old boy when he was arrested and tortured until he confessed to a crime he could not have committed. In November 2021, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia overturned the decision to kill him. On 13 June 2022, only three days ago, the court of appeal upheld the death sentence. Will the Tánaiste call on this despotic regime, which he recently visited, to...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I will send the Tánaiste the petition.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: When I was listening to the Tánaiste's spat with Deputy Doherty earlier, I was thinking this House must be full of bowsies. I, too, went to jail, along with dozens of other ordinary people, fighting the cost-of-living increase in 2003. Bin charges, which are now privatised, are going through the roof and vast profits are being made, and this is one of the issues in the current...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: There is a view, and it might be argued by the Ministers here, that if you give people a rise in their income, it leads to spiralling inflation. That is nonsense. There has not been a decent rise in income for most workers in this country for years. The ICTU reckons that over the past two years, workers have lost about €2,500 of their income because of inflation. The Tánaiste...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: What about taxing profits? There should be an increase in tax on profits.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I do not want to go down a rabbit hole of arguing with the Minister of State about the significance of the property tax. He says people's homes are the biggest form of wealth but for many it is a struggle to keep the roof over their head, pay the mortgage, etc. Putting the property tax on those who can ill-afford it is obscene. However, that is not what I am here to argue. The Minister...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: If the Minister of State reads the Oxfam report when he gets a chance, he will see it is looking at extreme wealth and how it has doubled, tripled and, in the US, increased tenfold in recent years. In the 1980s, we were told there was no money, we were bust and needed to tighten our belts. We know since there was plenty of it but it was held in Ansbascher accounts, offshore tax havens and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: It is disingenuous of the Minister of State to keep referring to people's homes, farms and pensions. We are talking about an obscene level of wealth that is not properly taxed, as pointed out by the Oxfam report. The wealthiest in the globe have seen their wealth jump by €4.35 trillion during the pandemic. The report states that, globally, billionaires have had a terrific pandemic....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: The clock says I have 30 seconds.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Okay. I am sorry about that.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 6. To ask the Minister for Finance if he has studied a recent paper on wealth taxes and the problems with previous attempts by European Union states to introduce wealth taxes (details supplied); the plans he has in this regard for the coming period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31246/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I want to follow on the discussion that has been going on. The question I am about to ask is quite significant because we are constantly being told that there are not enough resources to do all we have to do to deal with the various crises. Has the Minister of State looked at the recent Oxfam report that dealt with wealth taxes and the problems with previous attempts across the EU to...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Pay (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 105. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector pay talks will form part of a wider process similar to previous social partnership agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31247/22]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: National Lottery (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 124. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if unclaimed National Lottery winnings are subject to any oversight or monitoring by the Government in terms of the way and when they are spent; if he has plans to revisit previous agreements on the issue with the winning contractor for the national Lottery; when the current contract expires; if there are plans on the future of the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 162. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a home that previously had some home energy efficiency work carried out is disqualified in cases in which a new home owner seeks to improve the energy efficiency of the home from applying for a new SEAI grant; if the SEAI has specific rules or regulations relating to same, such as the time that has lapsed since the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 163. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if all homes that have had some energy efficiency work carried out under SEAI grants are excluded from any further support from the SEAI; if the statistics are available on the work that has been carried out to date that demonstrate the energy efficiencies that have been achieved in terms of reduced CO2 emissions and...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Collection (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 210. To ask the Minister for Finance if property tax revenue for the individual electoral areas in each county are available or kept by his Department. [31657/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Report of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: This has been an interesting discussion. I am sorry that I missed the presentations earlier but I had to go to the Chamber. I have a couple of questions. One of the issues Professor Lynch touched on is the profits made in the industry. While this is not a scientific way of approaching it, I am reflecting on the example of my own community of Ballyfermot. A large number of people in...

Annual Transition Statement: Statements (15 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: There is an old joke about the weather that everyone talks about it but no one ever does anything about it. It feels the same with the transition. Everyone is in favour of it. Even the usual climate denier Deputies in this House talk about how and when the transition should happen. My main concern is that despite the rhetoric there is no actual transition taking place. What progress...

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