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Fingal Sinn Féin Councillors support maximum reduction in Local Property Tax – O’Reilly

12 September, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Last night at a meeting of Fingal County Council, Sinn Féin councillors kept to the commitment they made prior to the last local elections, they proposed and supported the maximum reduction in the local property tax allowable of 15%.

A Labour party motion was passed instead which denied local residents the full reduction.

Speaking after the meeting, Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’Reilly expressed her disappointment with those who voted against the maximum reduction.

“Effectively, the conservative parties on the council combined to ensure that hard pressed citizens in Fingal will not benefit from the maximum relief allowable.  Labour, the Social Democrats, Fine Gael and right wing independents obviously don't knock on doors in the area. If they did, they would know that people are struggling with the cost of living and need every relief they can get. 

“Labour and the Fine Gael councillors in particular are committed to the property tax and determined to ensure that people don't benefit from the maximum relief.  Sinn Féin are a party that keep our commitments and we will continue to do this. Labour still believe the Fine Gael spin of ‘keep the recovery going’.  The truth is that if they spent any time meeting constituents, they would know that, for many in Fingal, there is no recovery and these people need the maximum relief possible.”

Sinn Féin council leader Cllr Malachy Quinn slammed the independent councillors for their refusal to back the maximum relief for citizens, he said:

“Independent Cllrs are particularly at fault. The people of Balbriggan and all over North County Dublin are contacting us daily for help with the rising cost of living and the high cost of accommodation.  Sinn Féin wanted these people to benefit from the maximum reduction in LPT but this was blocked by so-called Independent Cllrs, Greens and Fine Gael.  While we still have a significant pyrite issue in North County Dublin, this is just unacceptable.” 

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