Today in Leinster House: November 9, 2012

APOLOGIES FOR THE lack of a daily update yesterday – a glitch with our Google Calendar system meant it was almost impossible to retrieve a reliable daily schedule.

Today’s not the First Friday of the month, but with the Dáil having taken last week off, today’s the day when an opposition or backbench TD gets a chance to bring forward their own legislation.

10:30am – Tax Transparency Bill 2012 (second stage) – Eoghan Murphy (FG) has no fewer than three pieces of legislation awaiting debate; this one is possibly the one that will have the greatest interest for passing punters. His legislation would see the Department of Finance issue a annual pro forma statement to taxpayers, showing them how much PAYE they’ve paid that year, and giving them a general breakdown of where that money’s gone. €5,000 in tax means €X on education and €Y for Garda salaries, etc.

If the bill is disputed – which we believe it won’t be – a vote will be held on Tuesday afternoon, but the bill ought to sail through.

All of the day’s business can be viewed on our Dáil streams for Web and Facebook.