Government losing the household charge argument: Stanley
Sinn Fein's spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, says that "the government is losing the argument for its household charge."
Deputy Stanley was responding to today’s revelations that the government will use utility companies’ records to track down people who have not paid the household charge.
He said: "Using people's utility bills shows how panicked the government has become. This is the clearest evidence yet that Minister Hogan is losing the household charge battle. It is time he binned this unfair charge."
Stanley explained, "Sinn Fein oppose this charge. The minister’s claim that local authorities will have to cut back on services if the household charge fails is a denial of responsibility. It is his charge has failed ."
Stanley said: "I intend to raise the issue of using utility companies’ records for this purpose in the Dáil on Tuesday."