|Enda Kenny, who earns a salary of|
€800.00 a week.
In a lucrative perk introduced some years ago as part of the national valuation regulations, TDs offices are exempt from the rates.
However in Castlebar charities such as the St Vincent de Paul and Oxfam have rates charged on their premises at the same rate as other commercial premises. The same rules apply to charity shops all over Ireland run by organisations like Age Action Ireland, Aware, Enable Ireland and the Irish cancer Society.
It is outrageous that the Taoiseach's lavish constituency HQ is a freebie for Enda Kenny as far as rates are concerned while Oxfam and other charities are being crucified, local independent councillor Frank Durkan said.
Attempts to make charity shops exempt from commercial rates have met with a stony silence from the department of finance.
When you consider the valuable work done by charity shops in helping the marginalised in
society on behalf of the State, the demand for commercial rates is ludicrous, said Paul Hughes of the Irish Charity Shops Association.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Irish Republican Information Service (no. 310)
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Date: 28 Eanáir / January 2013
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