Cashel Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Browne and supporters staged a protest at Deputy Tom Hayes TD’s office on Main Street, Cashel, last weekend, to voice their concerns about the recent budget and the upcoming Home Tax which this Government plan to introduce in 2013.
Cllr Browne said: “A good turnout of Sinn Féin members and locals from the town and surrounding areas turned up to voice their fears of what lies ahead if these cuts become a reality.”
During the protest Cllr Browne and two locals were invited to speak to Deputy Hayes and all three made him aware of what the mood and fears were in the local area.
“The two locals were Deirdre Kennedy and Cashel person of the Year Niall Gregory. After the meeting all three were disappointed with the response they received. Deputy Hayes again gave the usual mantra, arguing that there was no alternative to the course the Government was taking. He failed to contemplate taxing wealth and those who can afford to pay more instead of cutting and taxing low-middle income families who are struggling. The delegation was also amazed when Deputy Hayes tried to claim that his own income and that of fellow politicians were down by 40% in the past two years. What planet is this Government living in, when they cannot see how much pain they are afflicting on ordinary families and driving them further into financial difficulties?”
Cllr Browne has made it clear that he and Sinn Féin will oppose these cuts and the property tax at every opportunity.
He can be contacted on 0874197578