Ronald Quinlan: Forget the property tax map – use common sense
It turns out the State's Big Brother scare tactics were waffle, writes; what a surprise. . .
HAD you been listening to Finance Minister Michael Noonan banging on in the Dail last January about all the ways in which the taxman was going to assess the value of your home, you probably didn't even wait for the letter from the Revenue Commissioners to arrive before getting out your chequebook or breaking open your piggy bank.
With all his talk of the 'Big Brother'-type intelligence being gathered from the Property Price Register, stamp duty records, CSO statistics, Ordnance Survey mapping, An Post and GPS technology, Mr Noonan shamelessly pulled out all the stops in scaring the bejaysus out of Ireland's austerity-weary homeowners as he softened them up for the latest Troika shakedown.
Not that the finance minister had to do all the scaremongering himself.