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    Default Enda Kenny makes most "Representations" to Revenue

    Taoiseach made representations to Revenue on behalf of 25 taxpayers - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 30, 2013


    What does representations to Revenue actually mean?

    How the hell can a TD know what a person's tax bill is or should be be?

    What influence can a TD bring, and why should it be right for them to bring it. We are presumably talking about a pretty mechanical calculation here. Even if it is not, why should the Taoiseach, a not retired schoolteacher, have a bettter knowledge of this area than say a tax lawyer.


    Why should it be proper for the Prime Minister of a country to intervene personally to sort out someone's tax problem?

    The suspicion has to be of either

    a. Undue influence; or

    b. The Taoiseach is impotent (as he can't bring any influence to bear).





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    What does making a "representation" actually mean?

    The article doesn't appear to offer a definition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Horse View Post
    What does making a "representation" actually mean?

    The article doesn't appear to offer a definition.
    A communication by a TD on behalf of another person made to a Government department or some other agency of the state.
    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson (yeah, I'm aware of the irony)

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    I had reason to contact all my local TDs some years ago and Kenny is also a local TD. They all made "representations" to the relevant organisation and I got a swift response. Unless they do something silly like Trevor Sargent there's nothing at all in it.
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    It's a bit like TD's make representations on criminal sentences/parole hearings - they do it so that the voters will keep voting for them. Nothing to do with whether or not there is a real issue at stake that needs investigation. Paris pump politics at its worst.
    “Still paying, still to owe. Eternal woe! ” ― Paradise Lost, John Milton

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    Quote Originally Posted by sic transit View Post
    I had reason to contact all my local TDs some years ago and Kenny is also a local TD. They all made "representations" to the relevant organisation and I got a swift response. Unless they do something silly like Trevor Sargent there's nothing at all in it.
    Why would one have to contact the local TD? Getting some water from the parish pump or whatever?

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    Sinn Fein were listed as having made no representations to the Revenue - is that because their voers pay no tax? petunia
    “Still paying, still to owe. Eternal woe! ” ― Paradise Lost, John Milton

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    Politicians should be statutorally prohibited from making any representations to state agencies or the judiciary on behalf of constituents.
    Fair and Balanced

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    And Mr Kenny asked us to vote for change.

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    If the representations don't mean anything, why are we paying a Taoiseach to be impotent?



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