Rival Limerick councillors take to Twitter as Local Property Tax row rumbles on

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Twitter row: Cllrs Daniel Butler and Shane Clifford
TWO members of the local authority engaged in a public row on Twitter – while a crucial meeting was in progress.

TWO members of the local authority engaged in a public row on Twitter – while a crucial meeting was in progress.

Cllrs Daniel Butler, Fine Gael and Shane Clifford, Fianna Fail, clashed on the social media site over a reduction in the Local Property Tax (LPT)

At the time they were sat just metres from each other in County Hall.

After a motion from Fianna Fail to cut the tax by 3% had been passed by Fianna Fail, with support from the Independents, Sinn Fein, Labour and the Anti-Austerity Alliance, Fine Gael councillor Butler took to the social media platform to criticise the policy.

With Fine Gael the only party to oppose a cut, Cllr Butler of Raheen criticised Fianna Fail’s “tokenistic” reduction of the tax, claiming it means that local householders will get just €12 a year back in their pockets.

Cllr Clifford, the architect of the motion to make the 3% cut, picked up on this tweet.

He wrote: “An effort to bring attention to the plight of hard-pressed communities and protect services.”

However, Cllr Butler hit back: “Good effort, but that’s about it. No real difference except reduction in services”.

Cllr Clifford then went on to comment that he had received a commitment from “CE” – or chief executive Conn Murray - that the cut will not impact on council services.

Cllr Butler’s riposte was brief: “Not true”.

Cllr Clifford: “Were you not in the meeting?”

Cllr Butler: “Yes I was at the meeting. I still am. Are you??”

Within minutes Cllr Clifford had launched a thinly veiled attack on Fine Gael, writing: “FF have delivered max cut to LPT while protecting services. We did our homework”.

Happily, the pair appeared to reconcile their differences in later posts.