O’Brien questions government on household charge
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Jonathan O’Brien TD, today questioned the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn during Leaders’ Questions on the High Court challenge to implementation of the Household Charge, and asked them to scrap this unfair tax.
The Cork North Central TD stated:
“Yesterday the High Court gave leave to an individual to challenge the implementation of the Household Tax. In the Governments haste to obey the diktats of their so called European partners in paying unsecured, unguaranteed bondholders, and by picking the pockets of hard pressed citizens through the implementation of unjust and unfair taxes such as the Household Tax you forgot to translate the legislation into our National Language.
“In light of the High Court ruling yesterday, coupled with the overwhelming number of people, including myself, who are choosing not to register and pay this unjust and unfair tax. Would you agree that it is now the time to do the right thing and scrap this tax altogether?
“Minister there are very few people listening to this debate who will believe you when you say that the money collected from the household tax is going towards local services. People, despite what this Government might think, are not stupid. You have cut the funding to local authorities to the point where many are now not able to provide the most basic of services such are road resurfacing, traffic calming etc.
“Even if every single household in the state paid the household charge we would only be back to where we were before these cuts to local government. The issue here is one of fairness. This tax is not fair, a point on which your party leader agrees, and it is irresponsible of this Government to bring forward legislation which they know is not only unfair but also regressive.
“It's time to stop digging a bigger hole for yourself and just scrap the household tax.”