People Before Profit's (PBP) Kildare branch have welcomed an Oxfam report calling for wealth tax on multimillionaires.
The report was published today, and called for a 1.5 per cent wealth tax on Ireland’s multimillionaires, with the aim of to raising €4 billion.
It also highlighted an increase of 58 per cent in the wealth of Ireland’s billionaires over the last two years, now reaching up €49.7 billion.
According to the party: "The increase in the wealth of Ireland’s super-wealthy echoes a wider global increase in the wealth of the world’s billionaires, which has increased by an incredible €4.35 trillion."
In the party’s most recent Pre-budget submission, it pointed out that the richest 5 per cent of the Irish population (85,000 households) had a total wealth of €331 billion between them, with an average wealth of €3.6 million per household.
Paul Mahon, for PBP Kildare Representative, elaborated: "The Oxfam report confirms the absolutely staggering increase in the wealth of tiny minority of super-wealthy individuals in this country and across the world over the last two years."
"While the vast majority of people have been enduring the hardships of the Covid pandemic, a small cohort of multi-millionaires and billionaires have seen their already staggering levels of wealth reach obscene proportions."
He continued: "This level of incredible wealth inequality is not victimless: we have 19,000 children waiting on dental care in Kildare/West Wicklow and over 900,000 people on waiting lists in our hospitals.
"We know the earlier we treat healthcare issues, the better the outcome (is), so this inequality has a real and deadly impact on the healthcare of our citizens."
"We have to address the extreme and levels of wealth inequality in our society: the very least we could do in this regard is impose a small wealth tax on the multi millionaires, which would raise billions for housing, health, education and vital public services... the super-wealthy would barely even feel it," Mahon concluded.
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