A suggestion by Sinn Fein that the Apple tax money could in some way alleviate financial problems in Kerry shows a bankruptcy of economic planning and thinking.
That’s according to Kerry Fine Gael Cllr Jim Finucane who was speaking after Kerry County Councillors voted to leave the property tax rate unchanged for the coming year.
Kerry County Council has a shortfall of 5.5 million euro in its finances for the coming year.
Hitting out at the decision to appeal the EU ruling Cllr Pa Daly said the 13 billion euro in Apple taxes could sustain the council for 100 years.
But Cllr Jim Finucane disagreed with this logic:
Sinn Fein councillors proposed to reduce the rate by 15 per cent which would put two million euro back into the local economy; however, this was defeated in a vote.
Sinn Fein Cllr Damian Quigg rejected Cllr Finucane’s criticism of the party: