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Now Fine Gael is feeling heat

This is a tense weekend for the Government as Fine Gael faces into an Ard Fheis dogged by over one million angry householders refusing to pay the Household Charge.

Even with a last-minute rush to pay before tomorrow's deadline, the party can be in no doubt about the depth of public anger over the issue.

It will be difficult to raise the mood of the party's annual gathering with protesters at the gates.