6 September 2016 - Christian Aid today welcomed the recall of the Dáil, describing it as an important day for tax justice campaigners in Ireland.
The charity which has led the tax justice movement in Ireland since 2008, particularly welcomed proposals to host a conference on international taxation in Ireland before the end of the year.
'The prospect of a high level event on tax justice under the office of the Taoiseach, could bring some much needed fresh thinking around Ireland's current tax model, including how it may be undermining the tax take of poor countries,' said Sorley McCaughey, Head of Advocacy and Policy at Christian Aid.
'Too often debates around Irelands tax policy are reduced to arguments between those in favour of maintaining 12.5% and those who would like to raise it. Obviously there is a need for Ireland to engage more extensively with a variety of views and perspectives in order to plot a future that doesn't rely exclusively in lower and lower tax rates to attract US multinationals at the expense of other possibly much poorer countries.' said Mr McCaughey.
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Notes to editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org
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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie