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Seanad: Order of Business (18 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Some 44 flights per week will be removed from Dublin and 36 from Shannon. It is not as if these aircraft are being taken out of commission. They are being moved to other locations in Europe in which there are governments with a little more vision and sense. Perhaps they are being moved to Belgium where the Government has scrapped the passenger tax, to Greece where the regional airport tax...

Seanad: Order of Business (18 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Why not scrap the airport tax?

Seanad: Financial Services (Deposit Guarantee Scheme) Bill 2009: Second Stage (18 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I welcome the Minister of State to the House again. Long before this country was engulfed in its unique tsunami, concern was raised on both sides of the Houses of the Oireachtas about the need to update our national deposit protection scheme. As the Minister of State pointed out, the figure of €20,000 provided for in that scheme was hopelessly out of date as both the number and the value...

Seanad: Order of Business (23 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I received a telephone call this morning from a friend of mine who is a blocklayer. He has received no offer of work since last September but in recent weeks he was encouraged by the fact that he received calls for quotations from six young couples living in his area who were contemplating building their first home. He was very much encouraged by that and he rang me at the time to say that...

Seanad: Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009: Second Stage (25 Jun 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Because the Leader suggested I do so, I will use this opportunity to raise one issue with the Minister, that is, to discuss the benefits that are supposedly accruing to Irish businesses from their significant investment in our banks. From my point of view and that of the business people with whom I speak regularly, there have been few benefits, if any. We have invested €7 billion in Bank...

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I agree with the Minister. He is trying to be clear, giving Members as much clarity as he can with regard to our questions. However, this legislation does not allow him to provide us with any clarity and that is the issue. Concerning the exemption of a bedroom which forms part of a building, that is specifically referred to in the legislation. However, the great majority of what we...

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: That is the main point.

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: No, it is not the point. The provisions in section 4(1)(a) apply under the word "owner".

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Correct. I could own a residence and my parents could live next door in a residence that I equally own.

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: As such, I would be liable to pay a charge of €200 per annum for their house. That is a fact. Their house is not my main residence. Rather, it is their main residence and they, unlike me, do not own it.

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I thank the Minister for offering to seek clarification. During his deliberations with his officials-----

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: What is the overall intent of this legislation? I do not believe it is to penalise people, predominantly those living in rural Ireland, who happen to have their elderly parents living in houses next to them. Is this what the Minister and his officials intended when they began drafting this Bill? There is a mechanism whereby we can exempt people in such circumstances from the charge. I do...

Seanad: Order of Business (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: "Largely" is the operative word. One must draft good law.

Seanad: Unemployment: Motion (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I move amendment No. 1: To delete all words after "Seanad Éireann" and substitute the following: "notes the limited job subsidy proposal put forward by Government will have little impact on Ireland's labour force and recommends a suite of job creation and protection packages such as PRSI breaks for new employees, a lower rate of VAT, the abolition of the damaging travel tax and the...

Seanad: Unemployment: Motion (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I thank the Minister for his most conciliatory approach to the legislation up to this point. He even engaged in a conversation with Members outside the Chamber and this is very much appreciated. On his part he proposed to consider addressing the anomaly in respect of elderly people who have to move into permanent nursing care so that they might not have the levy applied to them. I hope he...

Seanad: Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Yes, but-----

Seanad: Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed) (1 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: Okay.

Seanad: Enforcement of Court Orders (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (7 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: I support this substantial amendment as it offers a practical and human alternative to the last resort of imprisonment proposed in the Bill. I concur with many of my colleagues on this side who have expressed serious reservations about the manner in which this legislation is being forced through the House. The in-depth consideration the Bill requires is not possible in the time available....

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2009)

Ciarán Cannon: This issue was raised yesterday by Senators Donohoe, Hanafin, Callely and Glynn, and I raised it on 23 June. It is the constant refusal by our banks to give the support in credit terms to business, especially small indigenous business. Every time the issue is raised the Leader's response is that we will invite the Minister to the House to discuss it. Again yesterday that was the response...

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