FF must come clean on property tax

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has called on Fianna Fáil to clarify its position on Local Property Tax ahead of next week’s Budget. Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson, Michael McGrath, seemed to accept Local Property Tax as it currently stands on last night’s Prime Time, despite previously saying the time was “not right” for its introduction.

“Fianna Fáil has failed to offer any clarity to the Irish people on its position on Local Property Tax and must now come clean, ahead of the Dublin South West and Roscommon South Leitrim bye-elections.

“Fianna Fáil has still not published its budget proposals despite the fact that the Budget is on Tuesday next. Its Finance Spokesperson, Michael McGrath seemed to accept the Government’s position on Local Property Tax on last night’s Prime Time. He confirmed the party has made no provision in its budget proposals to make changes to the application of property tax.

“It is never easy to introduce new taxes but this Government has made tough decisions and implemented the Local Property Tax. Our plan for economic recovery is working and the country is now moving in the right direction. Our economy is now one of the fastest growing in Europe because we took decisive action to deal with the catastrophic economic collapse caused by Fianna Fáil.

“Fianna Fáil is the same party that first proposed the introduction of property tax in 2010. Prior to yesterday, from the opposition benches, the party refused to state its position on the matter, but now seems to have accepted that the Government’s decision was correct.

“It’s beyond time for Fianna Fáil to be straight with people and stop speaking out of both sides of its mouth.”