Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, when he expects the proposed register of landlords to be initiated and available for public inspection; given the continuing rise in rents and contribution of the rental sector to the Housing and Homeless crisis. Dublin rents increased by 9% in the period from July to September 2018 and have surpassed the heights of the Celtic Tiger Boom era.
The Minister of State, Deputy D’Arcy, might remember that a few weeks ago I raised the issue of tax expenditures with the Taoiseach on Leaders’ Questions. I put to the Taoiseach that all 11 or 12 budgets introduced by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael during the decade or more of austerity were accompanied by Finance Bills which provided for continually massive tax expenditures. I refer to briefing paper 13 of 2018 by our diligent and excellent Parliamentary Budget Office, which estimated basic tax expenditure costs at over €5 billion in 2016, rising from €4.7 billion in 2014. Of course, the Department of Finance only began reporting on these vast expenditures in 2014. Members received the Department’s report on the 2017 expenditures on the day after the budget was introduced as opposed to with the rest of the documents relating to the budget.