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Government senator scapegoats media for failure on household charge

29 March, 2012

Comments from Fine Gael senator, Michael Mullen attacking broadcaster Ray Darcy today highlighted the levels of the government desperation on the payment of the Household Charge, according to Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane.
"The comments that various government spokespersons have come out with in recent days to explain the Household Charge debacle have reached new depths of desperation and inanity."
"They appear to think everyone is to blame other than the government; opposition public representatives, the media, and individual broadcasters. Today in the Seanad, Fine Gael senator, Michael Mullen launched a bizarre attack on Today FM broadcaster Ray D’Arcy, for advocating that those who are refusing to pay the household charge should give the money to charity."
"He claimed that the media was irresponsible asking people to give money to charity rather than paying household charge."
"Government representatives need to take their heads out of the clouds and face facts. No one is to blame for the government’s mess except the government itself."
"Many people are not in a position to pay, and many others are using this as an opportunity to send a message to the government. The people’s verdict on the household charge is clear; they will not accept regressive taxes."
"Senator Mullen and his colleagues would be better served by reversing the Household Charge and brining about alternatives for funding for local authorities forward, than trying to scapegoat broadcasters such as Ray D’Arcy."

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