Sinn Fein has played a major role in stirring up opposition to this €100 tax. Yet Sinn Fein is in government in Northern Ireland and has no problem with an average annual house tax(rates) of €1,500. Gerry Adams will pay a house tax in Northern Ireland and yet stirs up opposition against a similar tax -in the South- which is miniscule by comparison. The amount of publicity accorded to the anti campaign from the day of its inception has been incredible and has helped fuel opposition. Yet nobody in RTE or elsewhere (as far as I am aware) has challenged Sinn Fein on its duplicity.
Thousands have been duped into believing that the money was going to bondholders. This is of course utter nonsense. This was an important plank in the Sinn Fein/Socialist Party campaign of misinformation. Not a word from Joe Higgins, Ruth Coppinger or Sinn Feiners like Gerry Adams about the €15 billion budget deficit which must be bridged. Why have economists, politicians and the media failed to pin down the hard left on the issue?
Quite frankly I have never seen such nonsense over a €2 per week tax.