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Poll: Should Ireland introduce a 'Robin Hood' tax?

A transaction tax would raise revenue for the government – but may encourage financial institutions to take their business elsewhere. What do you think?

FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS Sarkozy last night said he intended to impose a financial transaction tax – a so-called ‘Robin Hood’ tax – in his country later this year.

The levy on financial transactions – which France wants to set at around 0.1 per cent – has been the subject of much talk in recent months.

It is the idea of the economist James Tobin – hence the name ‘Tobin Tax’ – and in its current form it proposes a levy on currency market transactions as well as trading in shares, bonds and derivatives which would raise revenue for governments.

Sarkozy says he hopes the tax can raise €1 billion in revenue for France. In Ireland, the government has not committed to any similar measure -although Labour said in its election manifesto that it wanted the tax introduced at a United Nations level.

Many of those against the idea, unless imposed on a global level, think that such a tax could decimate jobs in the Irish financial sector – as banks and other financial institutions leave Dublin’s IFSC for a city where they are not subject to the tax.

Today, we want to know: Do you think Ireland should unilaterally introduce a financial transaction tax?

Poll Results:

No (766)
Yes (634)
Don't know (161)

Read: Sarkozy says he will impose a French ‘Robin Hood’ tax

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