Anti-charge group to hold more meetings

The campaign against household and water taxes is to hold two public meetings this week, following the revealation that a number of local councils are facing budget cuts due to low returns on the tax.

The campaign against household and water taxes is to hold two public meetings this week, following the revealation that a number of local councils are facing budget cuts due to low returns on the tax.

Tomorrow (Thursday), Socialist Party Cllr Ruth Coppinger will speak at the Kilford Arms Hotel in Kilkenny at 8pm. Tonight, Deputy Clare Daly will speak at the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow at 8pm.

Local campaign chairman Conor Mac Liam said that the blame for any new service cutbacks lies with the current and the last government.

“They are the ones who made the choice to bailout the banks, the financial speculators and the bondholders and to place the burden for this on the backs of ordinary citizens who bear no blame for the financial collapse,” he said.

“Minister Hogan’s Government cut €170 million from local authority funding in the last budget showing they determined to make cutbacks long before they had any notion of how much the new austerity home taxes would bring. Now Minster Hogan has started a campaign of threatening letters delivered to the homes of non-payers.

“We are calling on the people of Carlow and Kilkenny to refuse to pay all the home taxes.”