John Downing: Interesting times as Revenue finds an unlikely ally in Socialist Joe
IT WAS a most unlikely alliance – the taxwoman in chief and Ireland's best known 'against the Government man'.
But yesterday Socialist leader Joe Higgins came out strongly in defence of Revenue chairwoman, Josephine Feehily, as she went to bat against TDs and senators eager to score points on behalf of the aggrieved citizens of 'middle Ireland' who are struggling to understand how to pay the property tax.
The head of Revenue had been the focus of much political pressure for the past week with some government politicians, moonlighting with a spot of opposition work on the side, appealing for a delay on some deadlines. Labour leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore made a big show last weekend on this issue while adding a ritual cover-line that it was up to the Revenue to do its own business.