McDowell denies rift with Cowen over stamp duty

The Tánaiste, Michael McDowell, has denied suggestions of a rift with the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen over the issue of stamp duty on houses.

The Tánaiste, Michael McDowell, has denied suggestions of a rift with the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen over the issue of stamp duty on houses.

Last month, Mr McDowell said he was in favour of abolishing the tax.

However, Mr Cowen ruled out such a move yesterday, saying it was not his job to interfere in the housing market.

Asked about the matter in Dublin today, Mr McDowell said he was not talking about the Budget, but was laying out stamp duty proposals as part of the PDs' manifesto for the next election.

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