O’Neill seeks changes to law on rates

County managers and elected representatives should be given powers to change the law on rates because it is not right that rates remain to be paid on a premises even where a venture has gone out of business, Kilkenny Fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill told the Upper House.

County managers and elected representatives should be given powers to change the law on rates because it is not right that rates remain to be paid on a premises even where a venture has gone out of business, Kilkenny Fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill told the Upper House.

He said as the current law stands, in a case in which a business venture goes out of business and a rates bill for the premises is owed to the local authority, were someone else to take over the premises, the bill would remain to be paid, which is unfair.

“These are unprecedented times in which so many people are unemployed and any assistance that could be provided towards job creation should be considered,” he said. “If the renting of a property would help to create one job, that should be done. This is an immediate measure that must be put in place through the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.”