Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD accused the government of fundamental unfairness in imposing the Property Tax, which he described as “a blunt, unjust and unfair revenue raising exercise”.
Raising the debacle around letters from the Revenue Commissioners on how to pay the Property Tax, the Sinn Fein Leader said it was not credible that the Department of Finance was unaware of how Revenue proposed collecting a new tax, particularly one that was so unpopular.
Gerry Adams said:
“Citizens across the state, particularly elderly citizens and those struggling financially, are in a state of distress after receiving letters from Revenue demanding payment of the 2014 Property Tax Bill by the end of this month.”
He pointed out that while Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore had said that Revenue needs to reconsider the payment deadline, the Taoiseach had contradicted him and the Minister for Transport Leo Varadker had admitted his inability to explain the Revenue letter.
Mr Adams said that while there was a lack of cohesion in the government’s response to the debacle over payment of the Property Tax, the fundamental unfairness was in the government’s austerity policy and an unjust tax.
He said the Government had already reneged on a promise that 80% of money collected through the Property Tax would go to support local services which he said was proof positive of Sinn Fein’s position that the tax is a blunt, unjust and unfair revenue raising exercise.
The Sinn Fein Leader said:
“The Property Tax must be repealed. However, it is not credible that the Department of Finance was not aware of how Revenue proposed collecting this new tax, particularly one that is so unpopular.
Efforts by the Taoiseach and Finance Minister, to distance themselves from the Property Tax fiasco by blaming civil servants, are disappointing.
“This is your tax. This is your law”, he said.