Sinn Féin to campaign for repeal of property tax
Speaking during a break in his party’s pre Dáil planning meeting today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams outlined details of a campaign for the repeal of the property tax.
Deputy Adams said Sinn Féin will be undertaking a campaign of information and lobbying and opposition to the family home tax in the run up to this tax being paid in July.
“The record of this government in its two years in power has been appalling.
“Fine Gael and Labour were elected to undo the damage of Fianna Fáil but have chosen instead to implement Fianna Fáil policies.
“The government’s austerity policies are driving up poverty and disadvantage.
“Emigration and unemployment are at record levels; public services, particularly health, are in crisis and there are more cuts to be imposed this year; the economy is flat lined and another new tax – the family home tax – is to be forced on households in the coming months.
“This family home tax, the brainchild of Fianna Fáil, gives the state unprecedented powers to collect it.
“The financial implications for households are very serious.
“It will especially punish those on low and middle incomes, social welfare recipients and the disabled.
“It doesn’t take into account ability to pay, people’s mortgages, the amount they paid in stamp duty, and negative equity.
“This is a tax too far.
“Sinn Féin will be undertaking a campaign of information and lobbying and opposition to the family home tax in the run up to this tax being paid in July.
“This will involve, public meetings, the distribution of information leaflets, meetings with interested NGO’s, like the Credit Union, as well as community and voluntary groups.
“We also intend to introduce a bill to reverse the Property Tax before the summer recess and we are urging citizens to lobby their local politicians, particularly government TDs and councillors to support the bill.
“The only way to stop this tax is to repeal the bill. No other measures such as boycott or refusing to value your home will work. We need to build campaign for the repeal of the bill and that is where Sinn Féin is focussed.”