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Sinn Féin anti-household charge motion in Donegal County Council gets Labour support

17 April, 2012


Donegal County Council has made a landmark decision to instruct Council staff not to access utility information from those boycotting the Household Charge. Cllr Jack Murray said:
“I am delighted that members of Labour, Fianna Fáil and some independent councillors were able to put politics aside to back Sinn Féin’s motion.”
Cllr Murray has welcomed the landmark decision by Donegal County Council which today instructed council staff not to access private data such as ESB bills and social welfare information from those who have not paid the household charge. The power to access such information was granted to local authorities under Section 14 of the Local Government (Household Charge) Act.
Speaking after the Council meeting Cllr Murray said;
“Today was a great day for Donegal. The members of Donegal County Council have overwhelming called on council staff not to invade the privacy of local homeowners who have not paid the unjust household charge.
“As a council we have made a stand with the people of Donegal – the vast majority of whom have rejected the household charge.
“I have requested that the successful motion is now sent to every local authority in the state to have it debated further. If Fianna Fail and Labour Councillors in Donegal can support this motion, there is no reason why they cannot do so everywhere else.”

Note to Editors: The motion read as follows:
“That Donegal County Council will not use the power it has been given by section 14 of the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 to access information held by utility

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