Tuesday 20 March 2018

Household levy challenger is first in court on non-payment charge

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A MAN who is challenging the validity of the household charge in the High Court has had his case for failure to pay adjourned at a district court.

Westport District Court was told that Peter Anthony Keegan (70), of Belclare, Westport, Co Mayo, is challenging the validity of the charge.

But Mr Keegan became the first person in the country to appear before a court in relation to the non-payment of the charge.

He has issued summonses against three government ministers – Phil Hogan, Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan – in his High Court challenge against the charge which he claims was "unlawfully concocted".

He also included the Local Government Agency and employees at Mayo County Council as being in breach of European Convention of Human Rights.

He described the household charge as unlawful, unconstitutional and a human rights violation.

Mr Keegan claims the defendants willfully neglected and disregarded his request for information on the local government household charge. He also claims that he was given no recourse to a defence on the matter.

Ward McEllin, solicitor for Mayo County Council, described the case before High Court as "vexatious and frivolous" but added that it would have to be seen through.

Judge Conal Gibbons adjourned the matter until March 7.

Irish Independent

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