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Sinn Féin to vote to reduce property tax by full 15%- Cllr Donnelly

14 September, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has said that Sinn Féin will again vote to reduce the Local Property Tax for citizens of Fingal at this evening’s full council meeting.

Cllr Donnelly said:

“At our party group meeting we again restated our position on the Local Property tax, it should be abolished and we have given a commitment to abolish the LPT if elected to government". 

“In the interim, we will use the legislation provided to all local authorities to reduce the burden on our citizens by reducing the rate by a full 15%”. This will result in over €5.5m going back into people’s pockets throughout Fingal”.

“There will be spurious attempts at this evenings meeting to directly relate the housing crisis to this measure and to somehow state that this would go tackling the housing crisis”.

“The citizens of this county know full well who is to blame for the housing crisis. It lies at the door of the right wing ethos of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour”.

“The complete abandonment of social housing goes back a long number of years when a decision was made to withdraw from the direct provision of social housing, thereby leaving it in the hands of the private market”.

“Today’s vote is about the Local Property Tax and the commitments made by parties and independents to reduce it by the full 15%.

 “It must also be noted that in the report, 7 out of the 7 submissions made by Fingal citizens favoured a reduction in either some or the full amount”.

“This is maybe a small amount of submissions however it does clearly endorse what our Sinn Féin teams have been getting throughout the county, that the recovery is only being felt by some and that we need a fair recovery for all”. 

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