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The Irish, outsiders and property tax

Budget 2013 and 2014 have come and gone – took something from everyone, hurt some far more than others, but the most long lasting impact in the public conscience will be the introduction of a property tax based on market value. Especially as it continues to lead the newspaper and talk shows a year afternoon it was announced and implemented.

I was reading about the introduction and operation of Poor Law Relief in Ireland in the early 19th Century, the first modern attempts at social security net for the most deserving poor and destitute. The debate and discussions on a poor law relief however went back to the 1760s. The matter was examined by Grattans Parliament, the last parliament in Ireland before the Act of Union, but was ruled out as politically unfeasible at the time as a property tax would be required to fund it. However after the Act of Union, decision making shifted to London and they introduced a system.

It would seem that even 250 years ago our natural instinct was to avoid a property tax of any sorts, at any cost, even at our own expense, but again an outsider would ‘encourage’ us to make the right choice. Especially as we are having our ‘Last Review’ (not the case)

Funny how things don’t change.


About Brian Stokes

Spent seven years working as a Parliamentary Assistant and Personal Assistant in Dáil Éireann and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Studying History & Economics in University College Cork. Walker of a dog called Vimes.


One thought on “The Irish, outsiders and property tax

  1. Yet its miniscule compared to ulster and the UK nd most European countries

    Posted by michael leonard (@mralphleonard) | October 30, 2013, 10:29 pm

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