Dáil debates

Thursday, 9 May 2013

10:50 am

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Dún Laoghaire, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I have already dealt with one end of the equation, which is what this Government has done. It is very easy to say it. It is not a case of what we say; it is also a case of what we do. I have outlined to the Deputy and the House very clearly what this Government has done in order to protect the pay and conditions of people who are low-paid workers. The same applies to the issue of wealth. In the budget, this Government introduced the largest package of taxes on wealth that I can recall in my time in this House. We have introduced a property tax with an additional tax on properties over €1 million.

I drive past some of those properties and I see the posters that the Deputy's party has put up for their consideration. These posters advise them not to pay the property tax. It is very easy to come in here and bemoan and complain about millionaires and then put up a sign on their road telling them that they should not pay the property tax.


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