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Ahern wants to tax people for living in Dublin

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested an extra tax on people living in Dublin.

Mr Ahern claimed the new elected Dublin mayor should be allowed to impose a levy on the Republic's capital.

At a time when cash-strapped tax payers are struggling to hold onto their jobs, Mr Ahern insisted that a city tax would be for the greater good.

"If you have a lord mayor you have to have the ability to raise funds for Dublin. If you look at the lord mayors in other cities, they have the powers of raising taxes. If you can't raise things then you can't spend it on the city," he said.

Mr Ahern insists that new legislation should be brought about to allow the newly elected mayor to impose the new tax.

"Everywhere has [a city tax], in France the local mayors do. I think they should put it into legislation. I think it's the way to do it."

The three-time Taoiseach stressed that the new Dublin mayor would not have any power if he/she was constantly forced to raise cash by asking for it from central government.

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Meanwhile, the Dubliner is spending his second St Patrick's Day in around 20 years on Irish soil, and he'll be watching Dublin's annual parade with his daughter Georgina and her husband, Westlife's Nicky Byrne.

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