Government claims that Ireland is not a corporate tax haven are “patent nonsense”, says People Before Profit TD – Dáil investigation needed.
Ireland is a tax haven – facilitating massive tax avoidance, financial speculation and dangerous “shadow banking”.
In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Finance spokesperson for People Before Profit/United Left Alliance has rubbished Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s denials that Ireland is acting as a tax haven to facilitate corporate tax dodging by major multinational companies.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said a Dáil investigation, similar to those which have taken place in the US and Britain, into corporate tax avoidance and the corporate tax regime generally, was urgently required.
Deputy Boyd Barrett’s statement comes in the aftermath of the latest revelations from the US Senate committee that corporate giant Apple has used Ireland as base to avoid paying billions in corporate tax.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said also that Minister Gilmore’s claim that Ireland’s corporation tax regime was “very transparent” was “utterly ridiculous,” when the revelations about one of the Apple subsidiary’s based in Ireland (ASI) showed the company had only paid 0.2% in tax to the Irish state on €22 billion in profits.
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Nationwide Day of National protest on June 9th announced
Protestors demand clear government commitment that forest privatisation will be abandoned.
Hundreds of protesters attended a demonstration today at 5.30pm outside the Dáil as part of the Natural Resources Protection Alliance and The Woodland League campaign against the government’s proposal to sell the harvesting rights to Ireland’s public forests.
The protest announced details of a nation-wide day of action on June 9th, where “Walk in the Woods” protests will take place in Coillte woodlands in several different locations across the country.
The call for further nation-wide and local protests comes following the huge success of the “Walk in the Woods” protest at Avondale, Co Wicklow, in April, where over 4000 people rallied in opposition to the planned sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights.
Speakers at the protest included Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Catherine Murphy TD, Andrew St. Ledger, Woodland League, a former Coillte worker and others.
The Natural Resources Protection Alliance and the Woodland League believe that their Avondale protest and wider public outrage has put significant pressure on the government. However, they warned that off-the-cuff comments in the aftermath of the Wicklow protest by Minister Rabbitte about the sale plan being “unlikely” to go ahead, had little value until line Minister’s Howlin and Coveney made a definitive announcement.
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Following on from the successful Walk in the Woods at Avondale House in Wicklow, with over 4000 people showing their opposition to the Government’s plans to sell off Coillte harvesting rights, the Natural Resources Protection Alliance and the Woodland League have called a protest at the dail.
The protest will take place tomorrow Tuesday 21st May at 5.30pm.
In the weeks following the protest, Minister Pat Rabbitte said the sale of Coillte harvesting rights was ‘unlikely’ yet Taoiseach Enda Kenny said they were ‘considering’ the sale and they had received reassurances there there would be no difficulties with public access and biodiversity.
The organisers of the protest are calling on the public to come to the protest at the dail to step up the pressure on the government to make a definitive statement and give a clear commitment that our public forests will not be sold or leased to private companies.
The organisers will also announce details of a national day of protest on June 9th.
Speakers at the protest will include Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Andrew St. Ledger, The Woodland League, Catherine Murphy TD and others
Richard Boyd Barrett announces further protests against Sale of Forests at the Dáil next week
Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD and organiser of recent demonstrations against the sale of Coillte harvesting rights will attend the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee this afternoon where Impact will be giving evidence on the proposed sale of harvesting rights.
Deputy Boyd Barrett will tell the agriculture committee that all the evidence now points to the fact that the proposed sale of the harvesting rights to Ireland’s public forests is “utterly senseless” and makes no environmental or economic sense.
Deputy Boyd Barrett will also announce plans for further protests including a demonstration next week at the Dáil and a series of local protests across the country where activists and local communities will walk in their local woods to show opposition to the proposed privatisation.
The first protest will take place at the Dáil on Tuesday 21st May at 5.30pm and June 9th will see a series of walks in woods taking place right across the country.
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “With every submission by stakeholder groups and other concerned citizens on the issue of the proposed sale of Coillte harvesting rights, the evidence is piling up that the proposed privatisation is utterly senseless.”
“It makes absolutely no environmental or economic sense and represents a betrayal of our national heritage”
“It is clear that the campaign of public opposition and protests, against the proposed sale are having an impact and have rattled the government. However we still do not have a definitive statement from Minister Howlin or Minister Coveney that the privatisation plans have been abandoned”.
“There should be no complacency until we get such a statement so protests will continue and next week’s protest is vitally important to keep piling pressure on the government”.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance & Minister Pat Rabbitte row in debate over ‘Great Gas Giveaway’ during Dail discussion on Report on Offshore Gas and Oil Exploration today (Tues, May 14th 2013).
During statements in the Dail as part of Europe Week on Wednesday 8th May 2013, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, argued that “People Power & solidarity” can beat austerity agenda.