A Ceann Comhairle,
I welcome the opportunity to speak before the house this evening.
As everyone on both sides of the house is aware a fair, efficient and competitive income tax system is vital for not only economic growth but also job creation. Since this country was plunged into economic chaos by the reckless policies of the previous Fianna Fail led Government our citizens have gone through probably the worst financial crisis in the history of the state. Over 300,000 jobs were lost, our economic reputation was in shreds, we were losing the youngest and brightest of our citizens to emigration and we had lost our financial independence.