Noonan warns that Friday's no 'fun vote'
FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has warned against making a "fun vote" in Friday's election as those elected will have responsibility for managing taxes.
Mr Noonan said candidates elected in both the European and local elections will make vital decisions on taxation and the electorate should take this into account before they go to the ballot box.
He said European Parliament elections were dismissed as "kind of a fun vote" in the past but now those elected hold significant power.
"You could vote for a celebrity or someone you like because not much was happening in the parliament anyway but that's not the way it is anymore," he said.
"It's important people on polling day know they are voting the people who are going to manage their taxes," he added.
Speaking at a campaign event for European election candidate Brian Hayes, Mr Noonan said it was particularly important for Ireland because the country only has 11 representatives in Europe.
He said a councillor's role will become more important with the introduction of the property tax which will be managed by local authorities.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Noonan reiterated his commitment to reduce taxes for middle income earners in the forthcoming budget if the Government's coffers allowed.