The legislation that gives effect to the Government’s jobs initiative has passed all stages in the Dáil.

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The measures include the 0.6% levy on private pension funds as well as changes to VAT rates.

On a Dáil vote, the Government won by 82 to 37.

The bill will now go to the Seanad.

Earlier, Opposition parties criticised the fact that the debate on the legislation would be concluded today.

Responding, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said the legislation was urgently needed and said the measures had been extensively discussed in the Dáil already.

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the technical group of Independent TDs all objected to the debate being cut short.

They said that in Opposition, Fine Gael and Labour continually criticised the use of the 'guillotine'.

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins branded the coalition as 'continuity Fianna Fáil'.

Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said it was inexcusable that more time was not being given over to discuss the proposed amendments to the legislation.

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív asked what was the urgency in ending the debate on the Bill now.