Kathy Sheridan: Wealthy Dublin calling local property tax ‘unfair’ is a bit rich

Dublin local authorities have sidestepped the great ‘unfairness’ of helping poorer regions

Dún Laoghaire seafront. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dún Laoghaire seafront. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Observe the lightness of the skirmishes over Dublin’s local property tax. For much of the year we note the quiet enrichment of homeowners as the great Dublin property balloon inflates while the public spotlight falls on hapless buyers. Then the near apathy as Dublin councillors vote for the maximum possible reduction in the LPT, while obsessing about the “unfairness” of the 20 per cent reallocation of their LPT to poorer local authorities, all against the background of Dublin local authority managements imploring them to look carefully, really carefully, at soaring budgets.

Dublin City councillors have opted for LPT reduction every year since the tax was introduced eight years ago. Last year just three local authorities reduced the rate, all in Dublin, two of them choosing the maximum reduction of 15 per cent, but, for the first time, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown councillors voted for no discount. This year they reverted to type.

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