A PROTEST was mounted outside Kerry County Council on Friday in opposition to the way in which the septic tank charges are being introduced.
The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes accept the need to tackle ground-water pollution arising from septic tanks but believe it is unfairly hitting rural Kerry people.
"We believe this problem can be solved by building public sewer networks to which clusters of houses would connect and the sewers would discharge to new treatment plants," member Brian Finuance said.
They called on the government to provide Kerry County Council with grantaid to upgrade tanks at the most isolated rural dwellings.
"Billions of euro from EU and Irish taxpayers have been provided over the past decade for upgrading urban wastewater infrastructure. Rural taxpayers are also entitled to expect public funding of rural waste water infrastructure," Mr Finucane - who also established the north Kerry branch of the People Before Profit Alliance recently - said. They continue to urge people not to register and call on the government to cost their proposal for the establishment of a new rural sewage network.