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Presence of prominent tax exiles at economic forum repulsive – Ó Snodaigh

19 September, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described the presence of prominent tax exiles Dennis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond at the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh this weekend as “repulsive to the majority of Irish people”.

Ó Snodaigh said:

“The presence of prominent tax exiles Dennis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond at the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh is repulsive to the majority of Irish people. Those ordinary workers who pay their taxes and who will be forced to bear the brunt of cuts resulting from the shortfall in tax revenues will be disgusted that those who refuse to pay their taxes in this state are being consulted on the way forward for the Irish economy. It speaks volumes about the government’s ambivalent attitude towards tax exiles.

“If the likes of Dennis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond want to make a useful contribution towards economic recovery they should start by paying their taxes here, thereby not denying the state the revenue needed to invest in job creation and the provision of infrastructure and public services.” ENDS

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