Donegal deputy blasts Hogan’s ‘pig in a poke’

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Pearse Doherty TD has said the news that revenue from Property Tax will not go back into local areas as “scandalous but unsurprising”

Deputy Doherty said,“We are now seeing the reality of what Sinn Féin has been saying for a very long time about the property tax. Originally 80% of the amount raised was supposedly ring-fenced for local authorities.

“We were sold a pig in a poke when Phil Hogan, with much fanfare, unveiled it as being a solution to the crumbling of our local services. The fact that the money is going to be appropriated by central government is scandalous but unsurprising.

Continuing he said, “We can all remember the glossy leaflets that were sent to every home in state marketing the property tax as the answer to all our problems. The leaflets displaying bright images of children enjoying brilliantly maintained playgrounds is just one example of the disingenuous the way they went about positioning the tax.

“I am perplexed as to why anybody would be surprised at the news. The property tax and the household charge before it are simply measures to plug the chasm in public finances left by the continuing payments to bondholders.

The S.F man y concluded: “Not a penny for the 2013 take will come back into local areas and people are already receiving letter demands for their 2014 payment. Sinn Féin in Government would scrap the Property Tax.”