Cllr Brennan asks Madigan to not use influence on council decisions

by Gary Ibbotson

The Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Shay Brennan has called on the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan to refrain from attempting to influence the council’s budgetary process.

Cllr Brennan’s comments come after Deputy Madigan tweeted that she encourages residents to push back against the county council’s proposals to maintain a 15% reduction of the Local Property Tax (LPT).

“Don’t let Fianna Fail and the Green Party hit Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s revenue for our local communities.

“Fianna Fail and Green Party proposals on Local Property Tax would hit the revenue stream of our local Council and deprive local communities of investment,” Deputy Madigan tweeted.

Cllr Brennan says that the position of the council for the past five years is that the LPT “be varied downward by the maximum 15%”.

“The basis for this is that homeowners in DLR already pay the highest LPT in the country.

“This is due to an inequitable calculation method which results in residents of DLR paying three and four times the amount of tax as a similar sized dwelling outside of Dublin.

“Minister Madigan, while on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council Council, always voted for the maximum reduction in LPT.

“The Minister now seems to be calling for a reversal of this position, which will result in homeowners across the county receiving higher LPT bills.

“Although I don’t agree with her view, I do respect the Ministers right to reverse her position and to now support an increase in the LPT in DLR next year.

“However, I don’t feel it is appropriate that a Government Minister seeks to influence the budgetary process of the elected local authority. Her recent tweet appears to promote lobbying of local councillors to affect her viewpoint – something which is totally unacceptable.

“Whereas local representatives are receptive to the views of their constituents, there should not be pressure brought from central government to influence any specific outcome, to do so would further undermine the already dwindling powers of local councillors”, said Cllr Brennan.

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