Thursday 21 November 2019

'Life in rural Roscommon is very different to south Dublin' - TD accuses Josepha Madigan of being 'disingenuous' about property tax comments

Josepha Madigan. Picture: Tom Burke
Josepha Madigan. Picture: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

The chair of the Oireachtas Budget committee has been criticised over her remarks about property tax.

Fianna Fáil has rounded on Dublin-Rathdown TD Josepha Madigan, accusing the first time TD of being "disingenuous" about her comments.

The row erupted after Ms Madigan stated that south Dublin homeowners will be "disproportionately hit" over upcoming changes to the property tax regulations, which come into effect in 2019.

Ms Madigan singled out Roscommon - prompting a quick response from Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy.

Mr Murphy came out strongly in favour of rural Ireland, criticising Ms Madigan's stance.

Read more: Homeowners in south Dublin are being 'disproportionately hit' by property tax - TD

"Deputy Madigan singled out the Roscommon constituency as an area that is not facing the same sort of pressures as her constituency of Dublin-Rathdown but her comments are somewhat disingenuous as you are not comparing like with like," he said.

"Life in rural Co Roscommon is very different to south County Dublin; we don’t have the same level of services, infrastructure or public transport, we don’t have the Luas, the same level of bus and rail services and we are much more dependent on our own transport which means we are subject to additional costs of running a car and paying exorbitant motor insurance premiums.

"We also do not have the same level of job creation or investment and unfortunately we are not seeing the same green shoots of recovery that Dublin is experiencing."

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