Labour chairman quits in wake of property tax fiasco
Q THE property tax fiasco was the 'last straw' for a constituency Labour Party chairman who quit last night, he told the Irish Independent.
Letterkenny-based Peter Cutliffe resigned as chairman of the Labour Party in Donegal. He has also left the party.
"The Labour Party no longer represents the ordinary citizen, particularly in rural areas like Donegal, and I want to represent the views of local people. I therefore cannot continue to speak for the party," he said.
He said he was inundated with complaints over how the Government handled the collection of next year's property tax.
"People are very angry at the recent series of cuts and particularly now, being effectively asked to pay property tax before it is due," added Mr Cutliffe.
His resignation follows that of colleague Cllr Frank McBrearty, the former county mayor who quit Labour three months ago.