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O'Sullivan, Maureen

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Continued)

Ireland is one of the few countries in the western world which does not have a property tax. There are examples of international best practice of fair ways of assessing and collecting property tax...More Button

The problem with the property tax is that it is being introduced at the worst time in our history, during a recession when there are so many burdens on struggling families. Many reputable organi...More Button

A site value tax would have been a better and fairer way of assessing value.More Button

Any measure of taxation should be based on ability to pay. The unfortunate fact is that we have the highest number of non-working households - that is, households without a working adult. We al...More Button

Let us consider how this tax is supposedly fair. Supposedly, those who own the most valuable properties will pay most. This aspect is being lauded as one of the measures that will hurt the weal...More Button

In fairness, Dublin City Council has been keeping within budget, but this tax will undermine that. The council cannot impose it on its tenants, who are already struggling to pay their rent and t...More Button

How can the Government expect people in homes affected by pyrite to pay this tax? Their homes are structurally defective and one cannot get a mortgage to buy a house with pyrite. These people w...More Button