Cathal Mac Coille: The siren song of populist taxation never loses its appeal

In its call to abolish property tax, Sinn Féin is out of step with its leftist colleagues across Europe – and its own party in the North

6th June, 2021
Cathal Mac Coille: The siren song of populist taxation never loses its appeal
Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Féin leader, said changes to the local property tax code would squeeze the ordinary owners of family homes. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Last Wednesday in the Dáil, the leader of the opposition made a claim that leaders of the opposition often make when governments announce tax increases.

Mary Lou McDonald said changes to the local property tax (LPT) code would squeeze the ordinary owners of family homes – assets they had worked their whole lives to own. Why, she asked, were the government’s hard decisions always taken at the expense of families and workers while...

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