Sinn Féin to propose abolition of Property Tax: Adams
March 22, 2013
Speaking today in Dunshaughlin today, where he is canvassing in the Meath East by-election with party candidate Darren O’Rourke, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said:
“This by-election provides an important opportunity for the people here to pass judgement on the broken promises and failed austerity policies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour. Sinn Féin is the only party that offers a real alternative to this consensus for cuts.
“Despite a receiving a huge mandate for change two years ago, nothing has changed under the Fine Gael/Labour coalition. Instead we have a continuation of failed Fianna Fáil policies and a litany of broken promises.
“Promises not to introduce property tax have been broken. The property tax — first put forward by Fianna Fáil - is unfair to all those households who are struggling and in particular to those in mortgage distress as a result of Fianna Fáil’s failed developer-led housing policy.
“On Monday Sinn Féin will publish legislation to abolish the Property Tax. We are proposing alternative sources of revenue including a wealth tax and an increase tax in on higher incomes.
“The last thing Meath East needs is another government backbencher or a return to the failed politics of Fianna Fáil.
“Darren O’Rourke represents a change to the tired old politics that have failed Ireland in the past. On March 27th voters in Meath East can send a strong signal against austerity and for for jobs and economic growth by viting Darren O’Rourke, Number 1.”