Sinn Féin Deputy Peadar Tóibín today described announcements by Labour TDs on the property tax as absurd and confused.
He said if the Labour Party had any sense, it would vote to abolish the property tax; and that their announcements today had revealed their ignorance on the lack of rural funding and investment.
The Meath West TD said:
“The only announcements the general public want to hear on the property tax from Labour, is that they’re abolishing it. Everything else is just confusing and absurd to people.
“But today, not only have the Labour Party revealed their absolute lack of cop-on concerning the property tax, they’ve also revealed their total ignorance about the need for funding and investment in rural Ireland – something they’ve been ignoring their whole time in Government and a completely separate issue to the property tax.
“Over the last three years we have seen an increasingly fractured state. The country is divided north/south politically, east/west economically and urban/rural in terms of public services.
“Indeed in the last three years we have seen the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. These trends have accelerated under Labour and Fine Gael.
“We have the virtual closure of large tracts of provincial Ireland, with many post offices, garda stations, small schools all shutting, and 70% of new IDA investment goes into Dublin.
“Inward investment in 2010 was 37% outside Cork and the greater Dublin area. In 2011 this was 27%, in 2012 this fell again to 23%.
“55% of all IDA visits in 2012 went into Dublin. During this time the balance of enterprise funding has radically skewed in favour of the IDA at the expense of Enterprise Ireland which has a better regional footprint.
“The Government needs to take the problems in rural Ireland seriously. The property tax is not the tool to do that – the property tax is an unfair tax on virtually every citizen in the State and must be abolished.”