Property Tax, Fianna Fail and Peter Matthews August 28, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
So , despite having signed up to a Property Tax with the EU/IMF in the Four Year National Recovery Plan, Fianna Fail have come out against introducing a Property Tax now and quite reasonably (cough) , Senator Darragh O’Brien commented that (note… it’s a link to the FF website)
“… The Government needs to acknowledge that they have mishandled the entire issue to date and go back to the drawing board. Now is not the time to burden people with already difficult or unsustainable mortgages with more property charges. The Government needs to prioritise efforts to address the mortgage arrears crisis first and get people back to work before introducing any new charges on people’s homes.”
Of course this all stinks of opportunism from FF and it’s actually quite handy for them to oppose the introduction of a Property Tax. Then when the Property Tax is brought in, then to oppose whatever method is chosen to implement and of course whatever method is devised to collect it. Then they will oppose the number of exemptions as either too high or too low.
Now it remains to be seen if anyone is listening to them but with the Indo and other media already in a flurry over Property Tax, its an opportunity for them. With no TD’s in Dublin (where the main burden of the tax will land), they have the luxury of being able to play to all the interest groups be they urban, rural, PAYE workers, unemployed, farming or self employed.
As an aisde did anyone watch last nights Fintan O’Toole presented Tonight with Vincent Browne which discussed the Property Tax. I was amazed to hear Fine Gael TD for Dublin South (or wherever he hangs his hat after the Constituency commission review) Peter Matthews mention that he personally would be in favour of raising corporation tax and tax higher incomes more. His comments must have raised a few eyebrows in Government buildings.