Cashel Sinn Féin’s Cllr Martin Browne described as “scandalous but unsurprising” news that the money generated by the Local Property Tax will not go back into local areas.
“When the property tax was introduced Fine Gael and Labour justified it as a revenue-generating measure for the funding of local services. However, it has now been made clear by various government representatives, including Minister Hogan that finance generated by the tax will not go back into the localities in which it was raised. We are now seeing the reality of what Sinn Féin has been saying for a very long time about the property tax. Originally 80% of the amount raised was supposedly ring-fenced for local authorities. We were sold a big fairy tale when Phil Hogan, with much fanfare, unveiled it as being a solution to the crumbling of local services.”