Limerick household charge campaigners condemn ‘Hogan’s threatening letters’

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

ANTI-HOUSEHOLD charge protesters in Limerick have warned they will follow up “Phil Hogan’s threatening letters” to homeowners who have not paid with letters of their own urging people not to relent.

ANTI-HOUSEHOLD charge protesters in Limerick have warned they will follow up “Phil Hogan’s threatening letters” to homeowners who have not paid with letters of their own urging people not to relent.

The Minister for the Environment has confirmed that local authorities will be writing to householders in the coming days of their legal requirement to pay the €100 charge and penalties for late payment.

Cian Prendiville, of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, described the reminders as “just another attempt by Phil Hogan to bully ordinary people”.

“If the ‘Minister for Austerity Taxes’ thinks he can defeat the biggest movement of civil disobedience in the history of the state by a letter writing campaign, he has another thing coming.”

The Limerick campaign would be “distributing our response to the Government’s letter to every house in the city,” Mr Prendiville said.

Over 30 people had picketed Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan’s clinic at the Mechanic’s Institute on Friday. A delegation sought answers from Deputy O’Sullivan on how much the charge would cost next year but had received “no answer,” he added.