Organising against the household and water taxes (and the septic tank tax too) – Newbridge

by Mick Healy

A large crowd of over 300 people packed into the Hotel Keadeen in Newbridge Co. Kildare for a meeting organised by the Anti-Household Charge campaign. The people voiced their anger against the 100 Euro household charge, the new septic tank inspection charge and the turf cutting ban. The large attendance included a considerable number of elderly people who acknowledged that they had never before considered non-payment of a tax or charge. An old-age pensioner received a round of applause when she told the meeting she is a pensioner “with no intention of paying this tax money; let them put me in jail.”

P. J. Earley of the Kildare Turf Cutters Association (KTCA) addressed the crowd and asked if the septic tank charges would also be opposed; it was agreed unanimously to reject all home taxes. After speaking from the floor, Independent Kildare councillor Paddy Kennedy stated that he will not pay the household charge. Kennedy added that this government are already trying to stop people from cutting turf and that “now they want us to pay water and house tax.”

Next to speak was Independent TD Mick Wallace who explained to the large crowd that, according to the legislation, nobody has to register until the end of March. But imagine the situation if hundreds of thousands or even a million plus households do not register. We will then be in a really strong position. Wallace added, speaking of himself and Socialist Party TD Clare Daly who also addressed the meeting, “we are two TDs of nine who are not going to pay the household tax.”

Clare Daly stated, “we have been told this is about getting money for local services; that is utter lies. This tax will not benefit local services which have already been cut. You are getting less service and you’re being ask to pay more.” Daly suggested that by making a stand collectively it would be possible to make this charge non-collectable. She added, “is it realistic to think they are going to pack the courts with us when not even a single rogue banker has ended up with a fine let alone in jail?! The Government cannot enforce these penalties if large numbers refuse to pay. We have to fight this or every single one of us, come 2014, will face annual household bills of over 1,000 Euro per year.”

Posted on February 25, 2012, in Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Public events - Ireland, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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