November 29, 2016
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance the number of Waterford businesses that have availed of the accelerated capital allowance scheme in each of the past five years.
I am advised by Revenue that the number of Waterford businesses that have availed of accelerated capital allowances in any given year between 2012 and 2015 is between 1 and 10. Figures for 2016 are not yet available. According to Revenue records, no businesses in the county availed of the scheme in 2011.
The Deputy may be aware that the provisions of Section 851A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 oblige Revenue to treat taxpayer information confidentially. As such, due to the low numbers of businesses involved, the precise numbers by year cannot be provided.
November 22, 2016
Deputy John Deasy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Courthouse redevelopment project in Waterford; and the timeline for its completion.
As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that Waterford courthouse is one of seven courthouses nationwide which are currently being built or refurbished as part of the Governments Infrastructure Stimulus programme.
Work on the refurbishment and extension of the courthouse commenced in December 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2017. The refurbishment and extension of the existing courthouse will accommodate six courtrooms, improved custody facilities, court offices and associated facilities and will, when completed, provide significantly improved facilities for all court users in Waterford.