A city council brother of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who had refused to pay the household tax, says he is prepared to pay up if it means that certain community grants will not be cut.
Cllr Seán Martin, who represents Cork City’s south central ward, said he is still “morally opposed” to the controversial €100 tax.
“I am still morally opposed to the present structure but it is the law of the land and I feel honour bound to pay it if it means that community grants and sporting grants are not cut,” Mr Martin said last night.
“As of now, I still haven’t paid the charge but, in context of community grants and sporting grants facing cuts and given my track record in supporting such grant awards, I feel obliged to pay the charge if it means these types of grants will be protected.”
His comments come as city manager Tim Lucey finalises his review all areas of council spending against the backdrop of a significant cut in government funding as a result of non-compliance with the household tax.
He is facing a 10% cut in exchequer funding — the equivalent of about €1.5m to €1.7m.
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