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Editorial: Varadkar guilty of politicising a neutral and even-handed tax report

The Tánaiste’s comments last week about the Commission on Taxation and Welfare’s findings were needlessly inflammatory, and he should think about revising them

Leo Varadkar claimed parts of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare report were ‘straight out of the Sinn Féin manifesto’. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The 13 members of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare never expected their report to be a crowd-pleaser. There are few, after all, who are thrilled at the prospect of paying more taxes – and even fewer in an era of the highest inflation for decades.

But the commission members were caught off-guard by the reaction of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, who branded their proposals to increase inheritance tax on family homes and the Deposit Interest ...