FIANNA Fail have been blasted as “hypocrites” for their opposition to the property tax.
In introducing the controversial charge, the government was only doing what Fianna Fail had pledged to do and would have done had they held on to power, according to Fine Gael’s Deputy Kieran O’Donnell.
With Fianna Fail now the most popular party according to the latest two opinion polls, the Limerick city TD said many would see the party’s stance on the property tax as political cynicism
“Despite having agreed to introduce the property tax with the EU/IMF/ECB troika in December 2010, Fianna Fáil is now trying to present itself as an anti-property tax party. Their stance on the property tax simply does not tally with the reality that it was they who signed up to it little over two years ago,” commented Deputy O’Donnell.
“Fianna Fáil’s opposition to the tax cannot be taken seriously. Many people will see this for what it is - a cynical attempt by Fianna Fáil to curry favour with the public.
“Michael Martin’s late conversion to an anti-property tax stance last autumn reeks of political opportunism and economic naivety. They know as well as we do that we need to generate this money to fund our local services because they wrecked the economy.
“The last Fianna Fáil government was the most destructive in the history of this country. The economic collapse, which this government is leading Ireland out of, was created by Fianna Fáil,” he said.
Fianna Fail says its opposition is to the unfair way in which the tax is to be levied, without exemptions for those who paid huge amounts of stamp duty during the property bubble; those in mortgage arrears and others. And the government had made no effort to relieve urban dwellers with more valuable homes.