22 April 2000
Sligo Corporation calls for tax amnesty politicians to be named
`Long past time the political establishment cleaned up its act'
Sligo Corporation has passed a Sinn Fein motion calling on the Government to reveal the names of all the politicians who took advantage of the 1993 tax amnesty granted by the Fianna Fáil and Labour coalition government.
Proposing the motion, Councillor Arthur Gibbons said ``It is long past time for the political establishment to clean up its act and to rid political life of tax cheats and corruption.''
The motion reads: ``That Sligo Corporation calls on the Government to reveal the names of all politicians that availed of the notorious tax amnesty granted to tax cheats by Labour and Fianna Fáil in 1993. This motion to be circulated to all local authorities in the State.'' Cllr Gibbons told last week's meeting of Sligo Corporation:
``It is evident from the Flood tribunal revelations that it is long past time for the political establishment to clean up its act and to rid political life of tax cheats and corruption. Since the tax amnesty was introduced, we have witnessed revelation after revelation of dodgy deals, backhanders, brown envelopes stuffed with money and widespread corruption in political and financial life.
``There must be no hiding place for bent politicians. One of the steps that the Government needs to take immediately is to reveal to the public the names of all politicians who availed of the tax amnesty introduced by Fianna Fáil and Labour.''
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