Synnott, Nicholas J. 'The revaluation of Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. X Part LXXX, 1899/1900, pp 528-539
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. X Part LXXX 1899/1900
In dealing briefly with some of the questions raised before the
Royal Commission on Local Taxation, now sitting in London, I
feel sure that the opinion of all who have studied the problem at
issue will be that, in so far as such questions relate specially to
Ireland, the inquiry should have been held in this country, and
that there should have been on the Commission a strong leaven
of members having practical knowledge of Irish life, laws, and local administration.
I make only one general remark
upon the constitution of the Commission (consisting of a
member of the Government, some English Government officials,
a sprinkling of M.P.'s, and Town Clerks)—that Ireland is practically
without representation. The one Irishman on the Commission
has, I believe, never lived here, and has little practical
acquaintance with Irish local affairs. Many of the anomalies of
the English system of rating and valuation do not exist here,
and this paper will perhaps show that Ireland has peculiar and
difficult problems of her own.
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