Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath has said that the Family Home Tax legislation being introduced by this Government could see charities being hit with large property tax bills for properties being used for charitable purposes.

Deputy McGrath commented, “All across the country, there are charities providing support services that could now come under threat because insufficient effort has gone into the legislation introducing the Family Home Tax.

“When you look at services such as Ronald McDonald House, or the accommodation provided for parents at the children’s hospitals, there is no argument that they are providing a critical service for some of the most vulnerable families in the state.  Those who provide these services such be encouraged and protected, not targeted for property tax.

“However, as it currently stands, this legislation which is being forced through the House with undue haste could leave all of these charities facing substantial property tax bills.  It is simply unacceptable.

“Fianna Fáil will be bringing forward amendments to highlight some of the worst elements of this legislation which is introducing the wrong tax at the wrong time.  This will include a proposal to exempt registered charities from the tax.”