Public think property tax is fair – Noonan
FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan (pictured) has insisted that the low level of property tax deferrals prove that the public have an ability to pay it, writes Michael Brennan.
He said that the number of people applying to defer the payment of the tax was just 3pc out of a total of 1.55 million registrations.
"That's an indication that the public regard this as a fair tax and they have an ability to pay it," he said.
His comments led to protests from the opposition in the Dail.
Mr Noonan was speaking in response to a Sinn Fein private member's motion calling for the property tax to be scrapped.
Mr Noonan criticised Sinn Fein, saying it was charging an average property tax of €960 in the North yet opposing an average property tax of €360 here.