Gleann Riada tax exemption call

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has called on the Government to impose a similar property tax exemption to the Gleann Riada estate as that imposed on pyrite homes across the country.

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has called on the Government to impose a similar property tax exemption to the Gleann Riada estate as that imposed on pyrite homes across the country.

Ms Harkin was speaking following the news that homes suffering from pyrite heave - which causes cracking in a building’s structure - will receive a waiver from the new charge.

Speaking to the Leader from her office in Brussels, Harkin said: “Minister Noonan has stated that since the pyrite homes were structurally defective, the government would therefore not impose a property tax. This is in my view a minimal short-term response to the already distressed homeowners, and the same exemption should be announced for Gleann Riada.”

Harkin said that until full and effective remediation measures are taken, the houses in Gleann Riada are “in exactly the same category as the pyrite homes and it would be grossly unjust to ask homeowners to pay a property tax in these circumstances.”