Sinn Fein PMB is Hypocritical – Deering.

21st June, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has accused SinnFein of hypocrisy when they put forward a Private Members Bill (PMB) to repeal the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011. The bill which was discussed in the Dail last night was calling for the Act to be repealed in its entirety.

“Sinn Fein have acted totally irresponsible with regard to the Household Charge. The Household Charge like any other charge will have to be paid and it has already cost homeowners over €8m in penalties and interest which will also have to be paid in addition to the charge itself. This is opportunistic on Sinn Fein’s part, it seems like the popular thing to do, to oppose these charges and to call for them to be scrapped when they know in their hearts that it can’t happen. The Government introduced the household charge in 2012 on foot of the requirement of the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland to introduce a property tax in 2012. We all agree that this flat rate is not the fairest system going and that a proper and fairer valuation system will be introduced for 2013, but some form of property tax had to be introduced in 2012 and this was the only option available in the absence of a data base of properties.”

“Sinn Fein are sitting in Government in Northern Ireland presiding over a property tax which they consider very fair. The average property tax in Northern Ireland in 2011-12 was £789 or €980. It seems to be fair to tax peoples homes by almost €1,000 in Northern Ireland but not to ask for €100 down here, the difference been they are in Government in the North and have to raise revenue but its opposition for opposition sakes in Dublin. I think this is hypocritical.” Deputy Deering said.