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How ridiculous was An Taoiseach to stand in this House and parade in to introduce the vampire tax that will suck the lifeblood from home ownership? They are his words. It will grind people into the ground. He made those comments in 1994, when there was no issue of 170,000 people in mortgage distress. There were not hundreds of thousands of people in negative equity or 87,000 people emigrating every year from our shores. We did not have six successive austerity budgets that have ground people into the ground. Nevertheless, the Taoiseach, Deputy Kenny, made those comments in 1994.
It is easy and cheap of the Minister to dismiss our comments as rhetoric. There is an idea that we want the pain inflicted by the Government on ordinary people the length and breadth of this State to continue but we do not. We are talking about my families and friends. I went to Australia at the end of August at my own expense to meet people of the emigrant community. I have done the same in London, Glasgow and Boston; I am a child of parents who had to emigrate and I feel strongly about the issue. I spent a couple of days in Perth, where a support group has been set up with over 1,000 families. Some of them are getting on really well and others are not but all of them are quite hurt and angry. These are not young people with no ties but rather families with children who had to be taken from school or who will never go to school in this State. These people told how they have a property at home and are still paying a mortgage on it, knowing they will probably never set foot in the house again.