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Sunday 22 October 2017

Minister: Government made 'a mess' of property tax exemptions

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

A LABOUR minister has admitted the Government made “a mess” of how the property tax exemptions were handled.

Junior minister Sean Sherlock also took a sideswipe at Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who was accused of hiding behind Labour ministers last week after it was announced large numbers of ghost estates are eligible for the property tax.


The number of ghost estate exemptions for the property tax was well down on those for the controversial €100 household charge, and this was defended by Labour ministers Pat Rabbitte and Jan O Sullivan because Mr Hogan was in Brussels.


Mr Sherlock told RTE’s ‘The Week in Politics’ the line minister must be “out in front about it” and said a “mess has been made about how this has been communicated”.


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