House-fee protesters vow they won't be scared off
Published 06/05/2013 | 05:00
ANTI-household charge campaigners have pledged to step up their campaign as concern grows that those who have not paid may get a court summons.
A series of protests is being planned throughout the country in the coming weeks as campaigners demonstrate their resistance to the controversial charge.
Ruth Coppinger, of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes, said the movement could defeat the fee if the activists remained united, and she accused the Government of scaring people into paying the €100 charge.
"Our fight is by no means over. We are going to keep up this campaign so that we heap even more political pressure on the Government," she told the Irish Independent.
"Labour should be particularly ashamed because they have a different base to Fine Gael."
She also criticised the prospect of the Revenue Commissioners being drafted in to track down household charge dodgers.
"The Government is simply calling on Revenue to pull the trigger to get the money from people, which is an absolute disgrace.
"People shouldn't be intimidated by them (Revenue). But they're not our target – it's the Government who makes these decisions so they're the ones to blame.
"We're appealing to unions that have been against Croke Park to organise countrywide anti-austerity protests and we'll link up with them."
Anyone who has not paid had until April 30 to incur a maximum bill of €130. If payment is made this month, the charge is €144, which rises to €145 in June.
If the tax is unpaid by July 1, the bill rises to €200 and will be registered as a charge against the property.
Revenue says enforcement options such as the sheriff or court orders may be employed.