Anti-charge campaign backs No vote


The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes has called on its supporters to back a No vote in the upcoming treaty referendum.

Members of the protest group overwhelmingly endorsed a motion calling for the campaign to reject the treaty at a conference yesterday.

"Conference overwhelmingly endorsed motions calling for our campaign to be very active against this Treaty and to make an appeal to vote No to the one million households who defied the government deadline for non-registration of the home tax", said Socialist councillor and leading member of the campaign Ruth Coppinger said.

" The protest is the most active grassroots campaign in the country currently and also intends to get involved in the campaign, with hopefully a decisive impact."

"The campaign will announce details in the next days of planned actions, including a poster and leaflet to be distributed in all areas."

Meanwhile, Ógra Fianna Fáil today officially launched its campaign for a Yes vote with the party’s director of elections Timmy Dooley and finance spokesman Michael McGrath.

Ógra Fianna Fáil’s said its national campaign will use social media as a key driver to highlight reasons why people support the referendum on May 31st.

Uachtarán Ógra Fianna Fáil, Eamon Quinlan said: “Voting Yes on May 31st will send out a clear message about Ireland’s future and stability and I believe a strong showing from young voters would send a clear signal that Europe must work together to solve the economic crisis to the benefit of everyone.

“Over the last number of weeks Ógra Fianna Fáil has extensively debated the referendum on the treaty and our members believe that there is a much stronger case for voting ‘yes’ rather than face the unknown that comes with rejecting the treaty.

Passing this referendum will strengthen Ireland’s hand in negotiations with other EU leaders and encourage greater international confidence in the country.”