The Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) in Kilkenny is upping the ante to challenge the Government’s imposition of the Household and Septic Tank taxes. “We can see the Government is feeling the pressure when they have to resort to dropping the septic tank registration tax to just €5 - but most people realise that it’s just a tactic to get people on board before they know what they’ve signed up for” said Noel Walsh, a campaign activist speaking at a meeting on Monday night.
“The Household tax is a ‘gateway’ tax - if you register now, the €100 will pale into insignificance as the tax morphs into property and water taxes taking over €1,000 out of the pockets of ordinary people already hard-pressed by four years of austerity measures,” Conor MacLiam told the angry meeting in the Village Inn, Upper patrick Street, Kilkenny.
The campaign has been holding a series of local meetings since the well-attended county-wide meeting in Kyteler’s Inn at the end of January. Last week meetings were held in Canice’s Parish, Kilkenny and Thomastown. Monday night saw a meeting in The Village Inn for Patrick’s Parish, Kilkenny, with meetings in Castlecomer on Tuesday (last night), and the Orchard Pub, John’s Parish, Kilkenny on Wednesday night (8pm).
A country-wide day of protest is planned for Saturday. In Kilkenny there will be a protest march starting at 2pm at Kilkenny Court House, going to Environment Mibister Phil Hogan’s office on New Street. Thursday night will see activists gather in Kyteler’s Inn to plan the protest march and other activities to take to the campaign to every home in the county.