Saturday August 15, 2020

Paying tax is one of the cornerstones of a republic

JP McManus’s donation to the GAA is nice, but let’s not lose sight of the ordinary taxpayer who picks up the tab required to keep Ireland going

30th September, 2018
JP McManus: his GAA donation is a fraction of what Michael O’Leary contributes to the country through tax Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty

Ireland is a republic. The supreme power is held by the Irish people and their elected representatives and not inherited by monarchs through accidents of birth or rich men because of the size of their bank accounts.

Ireland chose to become a republic and we maintain a fierce pride in that decision. A republic does not distinguish between its citizens by virtue of wealth, background or gender. In theory, a republican ethos promotes equality between...

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