Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed South Dublin County Council’s commitment to reducing the Local Property Tax by 15%.

Speaking during this weeks County Councillor debate, Warfield said:

“Sinn Féin opposes the government’s property tax. It puts an unjust tax burden on middle and low-income households.

“If elected to government Sinn Féin is committed to reversing this unfair tax. But in the meantime we aim to reduce it to the maximum we can here in Dublin.

“Our motion commits South Dublin County Council to supporting the maximum cut of 15% for 2015. This will be putting money back into people’s pockets which will benefit the local economy.

“Consecutive governments have slashed funding for local government. This is unacceptable. The property tax cannot become another excuse for government to starve South Dublin County Council of essential funding. We will be working with councillors from all parties here on County Council and on the other three Dublin local authorities to defend funding for local government. We are also calling on Dublin TDs to fight against any further cuts to local authorities’ grants.

“I firmly believe we can reduce the property tax and protect jobs and local services. It will require commitment and hard work but Sinn Féin is up for that challenge.”