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Socialist TD Paul Murphy admits he’s paid his property tax and that campaign of opposition ‘has failed’

Published 16/11/2015 | 13:37

Paul Murphy TD leads the chanting as thousands of people march along Dublin's Quays during and Anti Water Charges.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Paul Murphy TD leads the chanting as thousands of people march along Dublin's Quays during and Anti Water Charges. Photo: Tony Gavin

SOCIALIST party TD Paul Murphy has admitted he has paid his property tax – conceding the campaign of opposition ‘has failed’.

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Mr Murphy said he was forced to pay the tax when selling his apartment in Ballinteer in south Dublin to move to his new home in Tallaght.

When he was an MEP Mr Murphy grabbed headlines when he ripped up his property tax bill in the European parliament.

Speaking on Newstalk Lunchtime, the TD said the opposition campaign floundered when Revenue were given responsibility for collecting the charge.

“They gave the property tax to Revenue, they gave draconian powers to Revenue and forced people to pay something against their wishes.

“PAYE workers have had it taken from their wages, self-employed people have been forced to pay it in order to get a tax cert, and people like myself who are moving home were forced to pay the property tax in order to be able to sell our homes.”

He defended his decision to pay the tax, saying he needed to move to his new constituency in Tallaght.

“I had to pay it, in order to transfer property you have to have the property tax paid, that’s very unfair.”

He admitted the government broke the ‘mass boycott’ of the property tax.

“I’m still opposed to the property tax, but it is a reality that they broke the mass boycott of the property tax.

“(It's) true they beat us, that’s the reality. You’re better off to fight, even to lose."

He described the campaign against water charges as ‘better terrain’ for the anti-austerity movement.

Mr Murphy said he doesn’t believe water charges will be handed to Revenue to collect due to the government’s desire to keep the entity off the national balance sheet – and that he believes the campaign has a better chance of success there.

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