Monday 19 March 2018

Rabbitte backs tax cuts call by Gilmore

Minister Pat Rabbitte is on a new campaign to justify his 'television tax'
Minister Pat Rabbitte is on a new campaign to justify his 'television tax'

Fionnan Sheahan Group Political Editor

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has supported Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's call for tax cuts for hard-pressed working families.

But Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin accused the Labour Party of a "return to auction politics".

Mr Gilmore gave a fresh glimmer of hope to the so-called 'coping classes' who have been hit hard by a series of tax hikes over the past five years.

"I think as the financial circumstance of the country improves, I would hope that it would be possible to ease the tax pressure on working people," he said in an interview with the Irish Independent.

Mr Rabbitte said the Tanaiste believed if there was continued economic recovery between now and 2016, he hoped it might be possible to have tax cuts.

"I hope he is right. I would like to see that. People have taken a lot of hits in the last six years," he said.

"If we can manage to sustain the present uplift, then you can see that situation being feasible within a couple of years."

But he added: "Everything depends on whether we can get modest, realistic growth rates in 2014 and 2015."

However, Mr Martin dismissed the suggestions of tax cuts being on the cards. He said it was a meaningless statement from the Tanaiste as the Budget had just been delivered.

He said measures in Budget 2014 had already hit lower paid taxpayers.

"I believe it is also evidence of a return to auction politics," he said. He added it would be "far more prudent" to assess the state of the economy at the time of the next budget and then make promises.

Irish Independent

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