John Walsh: If Sinn Féin scraps the property tax, it would be act of monumental folly

With corporate tax on shaky ground, a broad and stable tax base is more important than ever

Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, will be one of the party’s main assets in the election

It has been a bad week for Ireland’s golden goose. The government could face years of unwelcome legal wrangling over whether or not Apple owes the state €13bn plus interest in back taxes following the Advocate General’s recommendation to set aside the 2020 judgement by the EU General Court.

Uncertainty over the corporate tax regime comes at a time when revenues are showing signs of softness following a decade of vertiginous growth.

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