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O’ Connell: 7 cents a euro extra for high earners to replace water tax

Oisin O'Connell Main PictureThe water tax should be abolished and replaced by a third rate of income tax that is effectively 7 cents a euro extra, for portion of income earned over €100,000 per annum. That’s the view of Sinn Féin County Councillor Oisin O’ Connell who said that his party has already committed to abolishing what he terms the family taxes, property and water charges, when they enter government and will instead push progressive taxation methods based on ability to pay.

Cllr O’ Connell said;

“It makes far more sense to operate a tax system based on the notion that those who can afford to pay more should do so, than placing a flat tax on everyone, sending even more families below the poverty line. Already it has been estimated that 120,000 additional families have fallen below the poverty line since the family taxes and general austerity were accepted by the state as the answer to our problems.”

“The effective rate of income tax in this state is quite low compared to other European countries. The Department of Finance has revealed that an income earner of €100,000 pays an effective tax rate of 20.7%, while someone earning €150,000 can get away with paying just 24.4% due to the large number of tax reliefs that are applicable in this jurisdiction. Sinn Féin would increase this effective tax paid on income over €100,000, by 7 cent in each euro.”

“This would be done through a third, stated rate, of income tax of 48% on that portion of individual income in excess of €100,000 per annum. This would enable us to remove domestic water charges – it would raise €365 million. The water tax is expected to bring in about €340 million next year, €25 million less than this progressive proposal. “

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Anthony kelly Main Profile PictureKelly backs idea for new National Housing Authority

Cllr Anthony Kelly has backed Social Justice Irelands call for the creation of a new National Housing Authority to tackle the social housing crisis.  The Sinn Féin Councillor said that the failures of successive governments to provide adequate social housing and the continued misuse of temporary measures like rent allowance and RAS to massage the housing figures had left the country in dire need of radical action like this.

“It can no longer be denied that there is a social housing crisis in Ireland today,” Cllr Kelly said, “Radical action is now required.  I fully support Social Justice Irelands recommendation for the creation of a new National Housing Authority which would be answerable to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.  Such a body could manage a national building programme for new social housing.”

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