Fianna Fáil has slammed what it has described as ‘fake outrage’ by Labour Councillors in Dublin over a major u-turn on the property tax.

The Government had announced that 80% of the tax would be spent by local councils on local services next year. 

However the Government now says it will keep control over how €160m in property taxes from Dublin households alone will be spent in 2014.

Last night South Dublin County Councillors supported a motion demanding the local authority keep control over 80% of the tax next year, but the motion came from the Labour Mayor Dermot Looney.

Fianna Fáil Leader on the Council John Lahart has described the situation as ‘regrettable’.  He commented: “The Property Tax was called the Local Property Tax for good reasons – we were told it was intended to be spent on local services.  Phil Hogan told us that.  No one put a gun to Phil Hogan’s head when he said that 80% of the tax would return to each county”. 

Lahart added, “the facts of the matter are this – the government’s decision means householders in South Dublin are going to miss out on over €6m of their own money being spent on their own county – that’s a lot of social housing; roads projects; tree planting; footpath repair; litter-picking; graffiti cleansing; community and sports facilities; that €6m is going to other counties now.  The government lied and Labour are standing by while Fine Gael sells Dublin out.”