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Monumental hypocrisy of Hogan slammed by Sinn Féin

1 April, 2012

Sinn Féin is to table an Emergency Motion at tomorrow (Monday) night's meeting of Dublin City Council calling for the repeal of the Household Charge and the bringing in of a Supplementary Budget for Local Government by the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition. Announcing the motion, Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha accused Environment Minister Phil Hogan of "monumental hypocrisy" on the Household Charge issue. Cllr. Mac Donncha said:  "Minister Phil Hogan and his Fine Gael and Labour colleagues in Government have failed miserably to persuade, intimidate or coerce a majority of people to pay the unjust Household Charge. But they have done worse. By cutting funding for local government in Budget 2012 and then by linking local government funding directly to the inequitable and uncollectable Household Charge they threaten to plunge local administration into crisis this year, with the loss of vital services and jobs. The Sinn Féin Councillors are tabling an emergency motion at Dublin City Council calling on the Government to scrap the Household Charge and bring in a Supplementary Budget for Local Government. We are also calling for the development of equitable and efficient forms of local government funding.  "Minister Hogan is guilty of monumental hypocrisy. Today we learned that Minister Hogan refuses to pay management fees on his holiday home in Portugal and he asks 'Would you pay a charge if you were unhappy with service?' Yet he expects the Irish people to pay a regressive Household Charge to fill the banking black hole and while local government and other serivces continue to be cut. Many thousands of those on whom he has imposed the Household Charge also have to pay management fees, very often for services that are very badly provided or not provided at all. "The Government wants to punish local authorities and citizens for its own massive failure in trying to force through an unjust and unworkable tax. It must be scrapped without delay." ENDS

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