Senator Mullen has called the Fine Gael plan to reduce property taxes for property owners in areas with high commercial rates income ‘discriminatory and insulting’ to everyone outside the more wealthy parts of Dublin.
The proposal included in their election manifesto will mean, if implemented, that certain areas such as the leafy suburbs of Dublin will be paying lower property taxes than similarly valued properties elsewhere in the country.
“We know that in Dublin the GDP is 50% higher than many counties in Ireland yet in this plan Fine Gael appears to want to foist higher property tax rates on people in the less wealthy regions.”
“This is auction politics at its most cynical. It is nothing more than an attempt by the Government parties to shore up support in the capital prior to the upcoming elections and it is no surprise that it was a Dublin Minister highlighting the proposal rather than the Minster for the Environment Phil Hogan.”
“This proposal delivers a slap in the face to hard-pressed people around Ireland.”
“To put it bluntly, the working families in the counties in which Government has failed to invest are now to be punished for that same failure. This is simply unacceptable”, Senator Mullen concluded.