Archive for February, 2014

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Richard Boyd Barrett TD speaking in defence of Post Office Network during in Dail debate.

Government TDs refuse to commit to the Post Office Network in small towns and villages across Ireland, including in Dun Laoghaire as they opposed the opposition TDs motion on the Post Office Network.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance, in questions to Minister Brendan Howlin in the Dail exposes real cost to ordinary people of Government’s planned universal health insurance scheme. Deputy Boyd Barrett claims that proposed “Universal Health Insurance Scheme” proposed by the government amounts to nothing more than mandatory private health insurance.

Water-Meter Conference

Cllr Brid Smith, of People Before Profit Alliance, who played a leading role in the Campaign against the Household and Water Taxes has called this protest to coincide with the National Water Metering Conference.

Water is a human right not a commodity to be handed over to private firms.

Join the protest on Thursday 27th February at 9.30am at the City West Conference Centre

Contact Cllr Brid Smith at 0879090166 for more information.

People Before profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has had the issue of an accurate figure for Ireland’s corporation tax selected for the topical issue debate in the Dail at 5pm today.

rbb bailoutDeputy Boyd Barrett’s requests for this debate follows the recently published report by Professor Jim Stewart of Trinity College Dublin suggesting that Ireland’s effective corporation tax rate is 2.2% not the 12.5% claimed by the government.

Over the past two years Deputy Boyd Barrett has repeatedly challenged the government’s claims that big corporations in this country are paying anything even close to the headline rate of 12.5%.

In a parliamentary question last year Richard Boyd Barrett revealed that of €70 billion in pre-tax profits declared by corporations in Ireland, only €4 billion was paid in corporation tax, an effective rate of approximately 6%.

Deputy Boyd Barrett has been repeatedly rubbished by the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach for suggesting the tax rate might be half or less than the claimed 12.5%. Now Dr. Stewart’s study reveals that the real corporation tax paid may be even less.

“This is an issue of the most extreme importance given the crisis in the public finances where billions of potential revenue to the state are at stake. The very least we can expect is an accurate figure for corporation tax paid and not a cover-up of the truth”