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Tue, 26 May 2015

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Tax Credits

Robert Dowds

263. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the savings from fully withdrawing the personal tax credit for those earning €100,000. [19856/15]

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Tue, 26 May 2015

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Tax Credits

Robert Dowds

264. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the revenue generated from applying the 3% universal social charge surcharge to pay as you earn employees who earn more than €100,000 per annum. [19857/15]

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Tue, 26 May 2015

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International Education

Robert Dowds

469. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the changes she is proposing to the working holiday arrangements of international students while they are studying English; her views that reducing such working holiday arrangements would aversely affect the competitive advantage enjoyed by these schools when attracting international students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20614/15]

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Tue, 19 May 2015

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Commencement of Legislation

Robert Dowds

255. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the commencement order for the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 will be signed. [19712/15]

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Tue, 12 May 2015

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Legislative Process

Robert Dowds

215. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Taoiseach the number of Private Members' Bills that have been passed since this Dáil was elected in 2011. [18136/15]

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Wed, 6 May 2015

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Voluntary Housing Sector

Robert Dowds

532. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if it is the local authority or the voluntary housing organisation which own the homes rented to tenants by organisations such as Cluid or the National Association of Building Co-operatives; his views on the role of voluntary housing organisations in tackling the housing crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17414/15]

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015

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National Internship Scheme Data

Robert Dowds

60. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which persons move from JobBridge to full-time employment; and in view of the upturn in employment her plans to gradually phase out the JobBridge programme. [16330/15]

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015

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Tax Yield

Robert Dowds

115. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the current rate of deposit interest retention tax; the amount collected in the past three financial years; his plans to alter the operation of the tax; and the exemptions that are available to the tax. [16346/15]

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015

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Tax Code

Robert Dowds

167. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding inheritance tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14599/15]

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015

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Rail Network Expansion

Robert Dowds

864. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether Iarnród Éireann should open the brand new railway station at Kishogue, which has been closed since its construction several years ago, when the Phoenix Park tunnel is opened to passenger traffic between Heuston Station and Connolly Station. [14165/15]

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Thu, 2 Apr 2015

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Robert Dowds

90. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the Investor State Dispute resolution mechanism of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America will hold precedence over Irish court decisions or Irish law; and if so, if he will state his full and unequivocal opposition to any agreement which includes a mechanism of any trade agreement that would enable companies to ignore Irish court decisions or Irish law under any circumstances. [13818/15]

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Thu, 2 Apr 2015

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Food Safety Standards

Robert Dowds

91. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade agreement which is currently being discussed will allow for meat products from the United States of America, which may have been exposed to angel dust, growth hormones or other chemical treatment in their production, to be sold on Irish shelves; and if so, the measures that will be in place to ensure that Irish consumers are fully aware that the meat they are eating may not be in compliance with Irish or European Union food standards. [13819/15]

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Thu, 2 Apr 2015

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Human Rights Issues

Robert Dowds

213. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he supports the recent comments of his counterpart, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Margot Wallström, on the appalling treatment of women and abuse of human rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and if he has or will indicate his support to Ms Wallström and the Swedish Government at a meeting of European Union Foreign Affairs Ministers. [13817/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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Pension Levy

Robert Dowds

255. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance when the pension levy on private pensions will be removed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12720/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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Proposed Legislation

Robert Dowds

372. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the new legislation for asylum seekers; and when she expects it to be before Dáil Éireann; and the implications it will have for the long-standing asylum seekers here. [12686/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

Robert Dowds

438. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health the reason only patients with certain long term-illnesses are eligible for free medication that is not means tested, while patients with other chronic long-term illnesses such Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis receive no assistance with the cost of their medication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13563/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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National Positive Ageing Strategy Implementation

Robert Dowds

501. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health when the implementation of the national positive ageing strategy will commence; and when the consultation process will commence. [13225/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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School Enrolments

Robert Dowds

541. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the legislation on school enrolment will be enacted; and the current directive from her Department on enrolment in primary and post-primary schools. [12675/15]

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015

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Private Rented Accommodation Standards

Robert Dowds

650. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the pressures that will be applied by private landlords to their tenants in order for them to keep their premises clean and up to a certain standard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13011/15]

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015

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Constitutional Amendments

Robert Dowds

244. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reasons the Government could not proceed with a referendum to insert a clause into the Constitution to prohibit the privatisation of water at any point in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12465/15]

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