400 march against household charges
Up to 400 people marched to the Dáil yesterday in protest against household and water charges. The Campaign Against Household and Water Charges group urged those who had not already registered for the household tax to “tear up” any letters from the Department of the Environment asking them to do so.
Some 105,000 letters have been issued in the past fortnight, warning people about non-payment. More than 10,000 people have registered since receiving the letters.
As of Friday last, 986,676 properties had registered for the charge. Some 962,283 had paid the €100 tax while owners of 17,993 properties had registered for a waiver. The remaining 6,400 applications were awaiting resolution of queries.
The protest saw banners from Cork, Offaly, Dublin, Tipperary, Waterford and Carlow.
Socialist Party TD for Dublin West Joe Higgins described the charges as part of a “vicious regime of austerity to make the working class pay for the bailout of bankers and bondholders”.