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Families with Flooded Properties must be exempted from Property Tax – Tóibín

11 December, 2015


Sinn Féin junior Finance Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has called for areas affected by the recent flooding to be exempted from the Local Property Tax. The Meath West TD was speaking to the Local Property Tax Amendment Bill in the Dáil this morning.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“The LPT Amendment Bill is a cynical piece of legislation that admits that there is no correlation between family wealth and the value of a home. Given the upward trend in property prices, the LPT on a family homes looks set to increase by as much as €189. While Sinn Fein representatives have used their position on local authorities to lessen this burden as much as they can, the Labour Party have been more than happy to row in behind Fine Gael and see this unfair, regressive charge mount on homes, many of which are still in negative equity.

“The Government is seeking a limited narrow space to allow the granting of exemption to the LPT. Given so many families throughout the country are in crisis. Given the fact that many of them will not have the use of their home or property at all over the Christmas, the Government needs to exempt those affected by the floods.”

Speaking after the debate, Deputy Tóibín added:

“What has happened during the recent storms has spelled disaster for families across the island, to turn around and demand the property tax from homes affected by the flooding is callous in the extreme. Homes and livelihoods have been devastated by the events of the past week. They must be exempted by the LPT.” 

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