Enforcing that household charge
The publication by Environment Minister Phil Hogan of a bill containing draconian measures to enforce payment of the new household charge is a reminder of just how unpopular this recently introduced tax is likely to be.
Under the terms of the minister's bill, those who refuse to pay the household charge could find themselves being hit with late payment penalties of up to €180 and fines of €2,500. With the household charge, which has been set at an initial rate of €100 per year, set to be replaced by a much higher property tax next year, these charges and penalties are almost certainly to rise ever further in the lifetime of this Government.
One doesn't need to be a fortune teller to foresee difficulty ahead.