TD says Finance Minister cannot 'rip off' Dublin in property tax

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys

A Government TD says he is not going to let the Finance Minister "rip off" Dublin.

Kevin Humphreys is one of four Labour deputies tabling a Dáil motion which opposes any central funding cuts to local authorities.

The four Dublin councils look set to lose out because property tax returns will be higher in the capital.

But Deputy Humphreys says the move wouldn't be justified.

"If you look at Dublin, Dublin will pay approximately €80m in property tax and Louth will pay €8m in property tax - yet Louth will get four times the amount of money in the local government grants," he said.

"I'm putting down a very clear marker that Dublin can't lose out.

"As a Dublin deputy I'm prepared to stand up for Dublin and I'm not allow(ing) Minister Noonan to rip off Dublin."

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