Fine Gael accused of populist politics with rate cut proposals

Fine Gael has been accused of playing populist politics by calling on Donegal County Council to cuts commercial rates by 8.5% next year.

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Slowey "cuts achievable"

Ahead of the council's budget next week the party claims the cut, which would cost the council 1.75 million euro in income, would be a much needed boost to businesses and would save many from going bust.

Fine Gael's Terence Slowey says the council can make the savings to introduce the reduction: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/1slor830.mp3[/podcast]
There were acrimonious scenes in the council chamber when Fine Gael made the proposals with opposition claiming that the party was making an unrealistic proposal just to be popular.

Chief among them was Sinn Fein Councillor Padraig Macloughlain: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/1pad830.mp3[/podcast]