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Taoiseach needs to come clean on Fianna Fáil’s proposal for further tax incentives for landlords – McDonald

10 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has challenged Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to come clean on proposals for further tax concessions to landlords.

Teachta McDonald said:

“We are in the middle of housing crisis in which we have the highest rents in the history of the State and renters are living in fear of evictions.

“In the Budget, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael rewarded landlords with tax reliefs.

“It is clear for all to see that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are the landlord’s parties in the midst of a housing crisis. Sinn Féin takes the side of renters.

“We brought forward a proposal in our Alternative Budget that would have introduced a three-year rent freeze for all existing and new tenancies with immediate effect. All new tenancies would have been pegged to the Residential Tenancies Board standardised average rent index.

“We also proposed the introduction of an emergency, temporary tax relief which would have given one month’s rent annually back to hard pressed renters.

“This morning, the Fianna Fáil leader revealed that he is seeking further tax incentives for landlords as part of the coming Finance Bill.

“Under questioning in the Dáil, the Taoiseach failed to rule this out and said there was no agreement in place.

“The Taoiseach needs to come clean on the Fianna Fáil leader’s proposal for further tax breaks for landlords.” 

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