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Minister Burton should rule out deducting property tax from social welfare payments – Ó Snodaigh

25 November, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has challenged the government to assure welfare recipients that their payments would not be “pilfered at source to pay for the property tax.”

Responding to media reports that the Department of Social Protection is considering taking money from people's social welfare payments, Ó Snodaigh said:

“This is nothing short of day light robbery. People who are in receipt of welfare are some of the poorest in our communities. To take the property tax out of their payment would force many into deeper poverty. It shows just how desperate this callous government has become.

“And no amount of crocodile tears from Fianna Fáil can alter the fact that they planned to introduce a property tax in their four year plan.

“Minister Joan Burton must make a clear statement ruling out the option of taking the property tax directly out of people's welfare.”

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