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Sunday 20 April 2014

Model from nine-bedroom home hits out at 'unfair' mansion tax

THE model cousin of taxman-turned-financier Derek Quinlan hit out at the introduction of a mansion tax in a foul-mouthed tirade.

Emma Quinlan was speaking after the announcement of a new mansion tax for properties worth over €1m, which would mean a slight reduction in property tax for people living in smaller homes.

She said: "A mansion tax ... go and shite. This is ridiculous. Where are the Government going with this?", adding that there "will be a lot of empty mansions" when the charge comes into force.

The rant, which was carried out on her social networking page, continued: "Why should there be one? People who paid stamp duty should not have to pay any full stop. And if they are to bring it in they should have varying levels. 0.18pc up to €500,000, 1pc over that and .05pc of a €5m [property]."

"There is gonna be a lot of empty 'mansions'. It's these so-called wealthy people/professionals that employ the rest. It's ridiculous.

"Absolutely nothing fair about it.

"People paid crazy amounts on stamp duty. Refund that and then they can pay it.

"Also remember these people aren't for the most part wealthy anymore.

"Mansions are owned by technically middle class and not this super wealthy the media harp on about. They don't live here and never really did." Ms Quinlan first came to prominence when her family featured on an RTE show about carbon footprints in the home called My Family Aren't Wasters.

It showed the Quinlan family living in leafy Castleknock and described their home as a 7000sq ft-house with a heated indoor pool, nine bedrooms and nine en suites and an 'always on' hot tub with annual energy bill of €20,000.

It also stated the family had three gas-guzzling cars, which they were addicted to using, and that Emma and her father do not believe in leaving the car at home or taking the bus.

The levying of a higher tax rate on high-value properties will have a knock-on effect for middle and lower income households, albeit marginal.

The rate unveiled by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is 0.18 per cent of the value of the property, with a rate of 0.25 per cent for properties worth over €1m.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent when contacted about the remarks she said: "My opinions should not be compared to anyone in my family, distant or immediate.

"My feeling on the Budget is that it is a sad state really especially for people on care/respite."

Sunday Independent

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