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McDonald challenges Taoiseach on Family Home Tax

26 March, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD called on the Taoiseach to clarify if he shares his Labour cabinet colleagues’ view that the government’s handling of the Family Home Tax has been ham fisted, unfair and a complete mess.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Yesterday Sinn Fein published legislation providing for the abolition of the Family Home Tax. This legislation is in addition to our revenue generating alternatives such as a wealth tax and tax increases for high earners in the private and public sector.

“The Family Home Tax is lifted straight out of Fianna Fáils four year plan and is just the latest blow that Labour and Fine Gael have delivered to hard pressed families.

“One in four mortgage holders are in distress and yet these same families are being hit with this unfair tax which takes no account of ability to pay, negative equity, arrears or those who have already paid thousands in stamp duty.

“Thousands of families up and down the country will be pushed over the edge by this tax. It’s the difference between having enough to make ends meet, to put food on the table, to pay the electricity or gas bill, to be able to fill the tank with heating oil and not doing so.

“Low and middle income families have borne the brunt of this government’s austerity as they did Fianna Fáil’s and they cannot take any more.

“Sinn Féin in government will repeal this Family Home Tax. We will repeal it because it’s not fair. There is no fairness in taxing the homes of those in negative equity, in mortgage distress, living in ghost estates or those who simply have no ability to pay.” ENDS

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