South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Government to reconsider extending the paltry number of categories who qualify for exemptions to include those in severe mortgage distress and those who are already struggling to pay the mountain of charges levelled at them by the Government.
Speaking at Leaders Questions in The Dáil Deputy McGrath expressed huge concerns about the fact that many families are paying mortgages to institutions owned by the state which refuses to pass on cost savings based on the lower interest rates created by ECB reductions.
“The implementation of the finance and local property tax amendment bill 2013 is profoundly unjust to those people who paid property tax in advance and in full when they bought their homes. It is simply unbelievable that no reliefs have been included in this finance and local property tax amendment bill 2013,” Deputy McGrath said.
Deputy McGrath is calling on the Government to consider the plight of “Pensioners with small and diminishing incomes who are left in desperate situation. Of course they are told the can have a deferral, but at a further cost of 4% interest on that deferral. This is simply unbelievable,” Deputy McGrath stated.
Deputy McGrath pleaded with Minister Brendan Howlin who was taking Leaders Questions to ask the government to call in the governor of the central bank Mr Patrick Honohan and indeed the financial regulator and demand fair play for our Irish people, since “There are no principles of equity or fairness than can possibly justify the stringent and frugal measures outlined in this Bill”.