Local Election Candidate for Ashbourne
Originally from Finglas, Paul has lived in Ashbourne, Co Meath, for 18 years with his wife Sandra and son Conor.
Since moving to Ashbourne, he has been active in his local community; he stood as an independent candidate in the last local elections and has been involved locally in the Right2Water campaign.
Paul played football from schoolboys to senior level; he played for Tolka Rovers in the early 2000’s and is now actively involved managing local schoolboy teams.
He is employed as a welder/steel fabricator in Dunboyne.
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1 month ago
Meath Losing Millions in Local Property Tax Mess
• Failure to factor in Meath’s population increase means Meath County Council is €3.5m worse off from Local Property Tax fund compared to similar counties.
• Meath has the lowest number of Council staff per head of population.
Meath is losing millions in funding each year thanks to an out-of-date way of distributing the Local Property Tax. According to the latest figures, €17.5 million was collected from Meath home-owners under the Local Property Tax in 2018. This goes into a central fund and is then allocated to local authorities. However, only €14m of the €17.5m collected in Meath was given back to Meath Co. Council.
One of the main reasons for the shortfall is because of the way each county’s needs are assessed. The amount of money needed to run each county was worked out twenty years ago. Amazingly, the Department of Housing are still working off that same assessment today. Virtually no changes have been made to take account of significant population increases.
This has meant that counties such as Limerick, which has almost the exact same population as Meath gets €3.5 million more than the Royal County from the Local Property Tax fund. Kerry, with a population 50,000 smaller than Meath gets half a million euro more in funding. If Meath was assessed on the same basis as Limerick, then we could expect to be receiving an extra €3.5 million each year.
The failure to update how the allocation system works really disadvantages counties with high population growth over the past twenty years. Meath’s population has grown by 85,000 or 78% in that time but we have not had the extra funds to match. It means that Meath Co. Council is short of funding for basic local services, which communities are starved of such as playgrounds, youth centres, libraries, community halls and CCTV.
What is more, with millions being lost in local property tax it is little wonder that Meath County Council has the lowest number of staff per head of population than any other Council in Ireland. And this means Meath County Council simply can’t employ as many people as other counties for services such as planning, building inspection, illegal waste enforcement and housing estate management.
Paul Nolan, the Social Democrats Candidate in the Ashbourne local area, says “It’s totally unacceptable that Meath loses out because the Department of Housing can’t get the allocation system right. There must be a complete overhaul of how Local Property Tax funds are given out so that counties like Meath with high population growth don’t continue to lose substantial funding that we desperately need.” ... See MoreSee Less
But limerick has a city Paul but nevertheless you brought up a very valid point. Very impressive figures
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