Good news for homeowners in Dublin City – Dublin City Council has voted to apply a 15% discount on property tax rates. Labour councillors had proposed a more modest 7.5% discount, with the remaining funds used to go towards initiatives such as improvement schemes and providing shelters for the homeless.
Elsewhere, it is thought that at least 80,000 cars here in Ireland could be affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Across the water, Volkswagen have already identified 1.2m affected vehicles in Britain. In a statement quoted by the Irish Times, Volkswagen Ireland said: “We are currently working with the factory still to establish the exact number affected for the local market. We will announce these figures along with details of the refit when we get them.”
Finally, landlords who refuse to cater for tenants claiming rent allowance could be penalised under proposed new laws on discrimination. Department of Justice legislation is expected to pass through the Dáil by the end of the year and, under its provisions, landlords who discriminate against those in receipt of rent allowance could face fines of up to €15,000.