A levy on meat? Feck off!!!

Sausage shelves in tesco after recall 7/12/08Image by stephen.spillane via FlickrAccording to an article in todays Sunday Business Post the Department of Agriculture is considering “an extra levy that will be charged on all Irish meat products purchased by consumers”

Are they serious?

The recent pork recall cost consumers money and has made Irish Pork a damaged brand and now they want us to pay an extra tax on it? You must be kidding me!

The reason for the levy is to create a “contingency fund in the event of future food scares and recalls”. The consumers already bear the burden of this considering that our tax revenues pay for the compensation packages.

If they bring this in it will be another own-goal by the Government and will be another reason to shop in the north. It will also make Irish meat uncompetitive in its home market! Something which will see the sale of foreign meats increase.

This is absolutely crazy and I hope the mandarins in the Department of Agriculture get a clue and don’t introduce yet another levy when it also looks like we will see an increase in the second home levy and the introduction of water charges means that we will be over taxed!

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Cork set to Follow Dublin with Foolish Rate Hike

Frontpage of Cork Independent

According to the front page of today’s Cork Independent, Cork City Council is set to increase business rates by 1.5%. This follows Dublin’s ‘dumbest‘ move to increase there rates by 3.3%. This is just plain stupid. Cork business are under pressure and an increase will mean that many independent stores will go to the wall. This is not what we need.

Lets have a look at the composition of the council and try and figure out how they will vote.

Fianna Fail have ten Councillors and will probably vote for the increase. Fine Gael have eight and will vote no. Labour have six and could go either way but going by their Dublin vote I would say they will vote yes to the increase. Sinn Fein have three and will based on their Dublin vote, vote yes to the increase. Socialists have one and will most definitely vote Yes. Greens have one and could go any way, but may side with Fianna Fail. PD’s (whats left of them) have one and will (hopefully) vote no. That leaves one independent who is former Fianna Fail and could go with is old party or not.

So that means that roughly 20 votes to 11 and the measure will pass. It is a pity that businesses are being forced to pick up the tab for the rest of the city. I really think that with the local elections next year that how local government is financed is looked at.