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EU blocks tax write-offs for ‘affluent’ Georgian squares

Buildings around Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square and St Stephen’s Green could not be included

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

31st January, 2016
A old style Georgian house Picture:iStock

Residents of leafy Georgian Dublin squares have been blocked from getting tax relief to upgrade their houses due to EU state aid rules.

The Living City scheme allows the cost of renovating homes built before 1915 to be written off against tax in parts of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford.

But documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that some Georgian homes had to be excluded from the scheme to ensure it...

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