Sinn Féin’s Cllr Mick Dunne marched out of Athy Town Council’s March monthly meeting last Wednesday, March 20, when his motion calling on the Council to call on the Government to repeal the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 was defeated.
A Sinn Fein protest outside the building against the property tax also took place.
Cllr Dunne sought support from fellow councillors with a proposal for the council to publically issue a request to Government to overturn the upcoming “family home/household tax”.
Fianna Fail Cllr John Lawlor seconded his motion, which was ultimately defeated, three for (SF and FF) and six against (FG and Labour)
Cllr Dunne marched out of the chamber after the vote. Speaking to the Leader, he compared “what is happening today in Ireland with what happened in 1649 when Cromwell visited our shores. People were scared then and without hope for the future. He said this is what the Irish Government is now doing to our people in 2013, instilling fear and panic in the people they are elected to serve.”
Outside in the cold were up to 20 protesters from Sinn Fein, who were handing out anti-property tax literature. Included in the crowd was spokesman for Newbridge Sinn Fein Mark Lynch who said “Labour councillors here tonight have shown they are flaky in their own beliefs and no different from Fine Gael. We need strong people to represent the people of Kildare, not cowards who leave their principals behind when they get into Government.”