Re: Re: Irish Rural Dwellers Association

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@Thomond Park wrote:

No-one has raised the costs of Galway or Sligo related projects of which the benefits of are equally specific to the location but are done in the interests of civic amenity.

Are you saying that Cork taxpayers should complain about Eyre Square?

That’s a calm and reasonable way of putting it. I should just leave it there, but unfortunately I’m not in a calm mood. @FIN wrote:

i know. it’s terrible i pay tax for…
m50, tunnel,luas,spike,etc,etc,etc,etc

we have all been through this before so i won’t go on.

Feel free to go on all you like. But be sure to make use of the regional income figures produced by CSO. They clearly show (page 13 of this attachment) that Western region households pay €1,093 million in tax, but receive €1,318 in social transfers. So you can be quite confident that any tax you pay stays local, along with an extra €225 million net in subsidies.

On the other hand, Dublin households pay €5,474 in tax and receive €3,939 in social transfers, making a net contribution of €1.5 billion available to the national finances.

If you wonder who might benefit from that, you might consider the generous provision of public services in the West described by the Western Development Commission.

• A higher share of young people go to college than anywhere else in the country
• 56% of all 17-18 year olds in Galway and 55% in Mayo and Sligo go to college — compared with 44% nationally
Children also start out on the right foot as primary schools in the West generally have smaller class sizes.
Average pupil-teacher ratios in primary schools are considerably lower than in Dublin and surrounding counties e.g. an average of about 17 pupils per teacher in Mayo compared with 22 pupils in Kildare.

What’s bizarre is not just that Westerners seem to find it physically impossible to recognise the plain fact that they are subsidised by the East. They actually try to reverse reality by pretending that they make a contribution to national finances. Whatever facilities Dublin has, including those providing national services, have been largely paid for by its own residents.

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