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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Ciarán Lynch

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# Banking Inquiry
Government will establish a banking inquiry next week and this Labour TD will chair it
A motion will be brought before the Dáil next Tuesday following a discussion at this morning’s Cabinet meeting.
# Debt
Richie Boucher defends €843,000 pay, says BOI is 'comfortable'
Bank of Ireland officials told the finance committee that they would veto any suggestion of debt write-down made by a Personal Insolvency Practitioner.
# Action Plan
Are enough airline staff being trained to identify trafficking victims?
Irish airlines are being encouraged to use the online training resource, developed by the Justice Department.
# Debt
AIB explains why its home repossessions tripled last year
The bank is currently engaged in 9,000 legal or potential legal cases with customers in mortgage arrears.
# Debt
Up to one in five PTSB customers in mortgage arrears are not engaging with the bank
Officials from Permanent TSB told the Oireachtas finance committee that 85 per cent of customers offered a split-mortgage had agreed to the deal.
# Cover Me
'The government can't make insurance companies insure people'
Brian Hayes told the Dáil that those living in flood plains not being insured was a “commercial issue”.
# Bank Guarantee
John McGuinness: Missing bank guarantee documents need to be found
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he is “appalled” by the news that documents related to the bank guarantee have gone missing in the Department of Finance.
# Freedom of Information
Department's FOI amendments 'run entirely contrary to spirit' of bill
NUJ Secretary Seamus Dooley said that if the amendments are passed there is a danger FOI requests will “become unaffordable”.
# Property Tax
Revenue: We assumed that people would be somewhat familiar with the concepts
The chairperson of the Revenue Commissioners is appearing before TDs and Senators on the Oireachtas Finance Committee this afternoon.
# Property Tax
Revenue chair faces grilling from TDs and Senators over property tax fiasco
The chair of the Revenue Commissioners will appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee later today.
# Property Tax
Revenue boss to face TDs questions amid criticism of Property Tax deadline
Josephine Feehily is expected to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee. It comes as retailers warn that the Revenue’s approach could have a serious effect on trade in the run-up to Christmas.
# Property Tax
Ministers admit property tax letter confusion, but insist no one has to pay until 2014
Meanwhile, the Revenue Commissioners chairman is to be invited before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week.
# Finance committee
Watch: "It's all gone mad" - 8 moments from this week's 'grilling' of the bankers
The bankers were given targets to tackle the mortgage crisis, but no-one was happy with the measures they took to reach them…
# Finance committee
Ulster Bank CEO: ‘It costs money to live in a house’… TDs: ‘We know’…
Members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee took exception to Jim Brown’s repeated assertion this afternoon that “there is a cost to living in a home”.
# Distressed Mortgages
Ulster Bank began legal action in 4,124 arrears cases between March and June
Jim Brown is the latest bank boss to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee to be grilled on how lenders are addressing the mortgage arrears crisis.
# Anglo
'Anglo tapes show need for banking inquiry' - man who wants to run inquiry
Ciarán Lynch, the chair of the Oireachtas finance committee, says the tapes may be “the tip of the iceberg”.
# Money matters
Decision to stock ATMs with €10 notes welcomed
A spokesperson for the regulator said the change will come into effect later this year.
# Out with a bang?
Seanad could be given role to hold public inquiries... if it survives
The Seanad could be given the opportunity to seek the right to hold major public inquiries – if it is not abolished first.
# EU2013
Meeting of European finance chairmen to discuss life after the crisis
Labour’s Ciarán Lynch will today chair a meeting of the chairs of the Finance Committees of each of the 27 EU states.
# lifesavers
EC says Ireland is free to give grants for defibrillators
An enquiry by MEP Liam Aylward confirms that Government is forbidden under EU law to lift VAT rate on defibrillators – but that the EC says all states could give financial support to offset cost.
# Lifesaving
Government says it can't remove VAT on defibrillators
“Taxing defibrillators is like putting a tax on saving lives”: the 23 per cent VAT rate which Government says can’t be lifted because of an EU directive.
# insolvency
Central Bank governor believes there will be 'permanent loan modifications'
Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan was before the Oireachtas Finance committee this afternoon.
# Banking
Governor of Central Bank to discuss state of economy with committee
The Oireachtas’ Finance Committee is to meet with Professor Patrick Honohan tomorrow, where they will discuss Irish banking.
# Bankers
Bank directors to be asked if AIB and BOI are acting in public interest
Four directors – including former Tánaiste Dick Spring – will be questioned by the Oireachtas Finance Committee on whether the bailed-out banks are acting in the public interest.
# Ciarán Lynch
New chairman of Finance Committee 'determined to get stuck in from day one'
The position had been held by Alex White TD, who has taken up the junior ministerial position vacated by Róisín Shortall.
# flood insurance
Irish Insurance Federation before committee over flood insurance failures
Representatives from the IIF were before the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht today.
# Clamping
Minister to introduce clamping legislation based on report
The Committee report includes recommendations standardising penalties, signage, training and appeal processes – and prohibiting operators from using premium rate phone numbers.
# Vita Cortex
Investigate the Vita Cortex accounts, TD tells watchdog
Labour TD Ciarán Lynch has asked the Director of Corporate Enforcement to examine the accounts of the firm which says it cannot pay statutory redundancy to its 32 former employees.
# Fuel Laundering
Oireachtas committee to meet over fuel laundering
Representatives from the Revenue, the Dept of Environment and farm and retail groups will be at today’s meeting.
# Vita Cortex
LRC invites parties to talks on Vita Cortex dispute
The Labour Relations Commission invites both sides in the Vita Cortex dispute to attend talks on ending a four-week sit-in.
# London 2012
Olympic athletes 'should get tax breaks to visit Ireland'
The proposed measures are designed to lure London 2012 athletes to use Ireland as a base.
# open shop?
Oireachtas committee to vet chairs of State boards
“Scrutiny” of new appointments to CIE, Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus is to prove that State boards are not a “closed shop”.
# Cork South Central
Labour's Ciarán Lynch elected on the ninth count
# Dublin Mayor
Gogarty slams Labour moves to delay Dublin Mayor vote
Paul Gogarty slams a defeated Labour Party move that would have seen the directly-elected mayor be delayed until 2014.
# Penguins
€700,000 for penguins - a month before the Budget
Does Social Protection minister Éamon Ó Cuív include penguins in his constituent base now?