MEMBERS of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes have occupied the offices of the Revenue Commissioners in Kilkenny.
The protesters entered the building at 12noon and were leaving at 1pm.
In a statement the CAHWT said its members “refuse to be intimidated by either the government or Revenue and will defeat what Enda Kenny described as “morally wrong, unfair & unjust” taxes on the family home.”
“We are not directing our protest at the workers here today but we are making a political point and looking for workers and the unemployed to back each other as we are all being affected by these economically insane measures, none of us are exempt, this is our not our debt and it’s definitely not the next generation’s debt!” local activist Keith Gilligan explained.
Kevin Brady of the campaign, “The majority of the country have already paid stamp duty which makes this double taxation, this is a bailout tax and completely regressive in any case, and the people of this country will see no benefit from it. It has already been spent on the banking bailout and paying off bondholders – It’s definitely not going to local services as they’ve been downgraded across the country.”
The group claim the protest will be the first of many against the new property tax campaign and they will also fight against the installation of water meters.