Opposition to household charge grows following Limerick meeting

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

HUNDREDS of people from a variety of different backgrounds across Limerick have told the government: We will not pay the household charge.

HUNDREDS of people from a variety of different backgrounds across Limerick have told the government: We will not pay the household charge.

More than 350 people were at the Clarion Hotel this week for a public rally organised by the Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax movement.

And according to one of the organisers of the event, Cian Prendiville, around 150 people have become fully paid up members (€5) of the campaign, with a further 150 people expressing an interest.

There was anger in the room at the controversial €100 charge, which the government claims will pay for local services.

However, the campaign disagree, and believe the pre-registration process which the government wants people to engage in is an exercise designed to gather people’s details so they can introduce further taxes in future.

Clare Daly, one of only nine Dail deputies who have vowed not to pay the charge, addressed the meeting, which was also attended by former mayor Joe Harrington.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Mr Prendiville said the attendance sent out a strong message to the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

“Not a single elected local politician was there to my knowledge. That speaks for itself. We have shown everyone that the tax they are trying to bring in will not be accepted, and there will be mass opposition to it,” he said.

Former Mayor of Limerick, Joe Harrington was one of those who attended the meeting: “Just like with the water tax before, which I was involved in fighting, if we stick together and refuse to pay, we can make these taxes uncollectable,” he said.

Mary O’Donnell of Garryowen said she will not be paying the charge: “We are not looking for people to be on their own. We are looking for people to stick together here. We have a proud history in this city of fighting and winning.”