Lists – Irish Indo


Yesterdays Irish Indo had two lists of interest to me and maybe to others also so I will put em up here!

The first is a list of price increase that will affect a family earning €60,000 with two adults and two children.

Gas and Electricity: €300
Income Levy: €600
VHI from January: €442
VAT: €360
Less mortgage tax relief: €300
Failure to index tax credits: €286
Parking tax: €150
Other (waste, charges, transport, etc): €360
TOTAL €2,998

That is a lot of money to be in down and means average family spending will be down putting pressure across a whole range of sectors.

The second list is of Council Debt. The top 10 are

1 Dublin City Council – €924,228,117
2 Cork County Council – €446,737,725
3 Fingal County Council – €409,885,991
4 South Dublin County Council – €211,509,469
5 Cork City Council – €153,654,644
6 Kildare County Council – €144,883,251
7 Galway City Council – €135,076,617
8 Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council – €127,047,388
9 Donegal County Council – €116,397,195
10 Clare County Council – €111,794,617

In total all the local councils owe 4.4bn which means councils owe €1,037 for every man, woman and child in the state. If this dosent mean that how councils should be funded, I dont know what will!

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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