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Housing, Taxation and Bogus-Self Employment 'key issues in C&AG report' – Cullinane

28 September, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane today welcomed the publication of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s annual report for 2017, adding that his work is crucial and critical to public oversight and accountability in areas of great public concern.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I wish to thank Seamus McCarthy and his team for another excellent report.

“His work, and the work of his office, shine a brilliant light on aspects of the state that the state would rather keep in the background.

“We see this today with the publication of his 2017 report.

“There is a lot of information and analysis in it and I will be working my way through it over the weekend, but for now three things strike me as immediate and necessary.

“Once again, the C&AG has raised the issue of bogus self-employment.

“It is clear that this is something that needs a regulatory and enforcement response.

“In terms of housing, it completely unacceptable that approved housing bodies are unregulated.

“This needs to end, as does the over-reliance on the private rental market for social housing.

“In 2017, the state gave €636 million to private landlords - including corporate and multinational landlords - as a way to avoid building social and affordable housing.

“In terms of high net worth individuals, the C&AG found that a small number of tax reliefs given annual benefits of €167,000 to very few taxpayers.

“The Department of Finance has to account for this - as to why a small number of very rich people are able to have bespoke tax laws seemingly designed for them.

“I look forward to going through the C&AG’s report in more detail over the weekend, but we can already see that the Public Accounts committee will have a busy year ahead of it.” 

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