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Accusations of subversion are ridiculous and desperate – Cullinane

21 March, 2012

Sinn Féin senator, David Cullinane has accused government representatives of losing the plot and becoming increasingly desperate as people refuse to pay the unfair and regressive household charge. He said comments from a number of Labour and Fine Gael senators, that those who do not pay are subverting the state, are ridiculous.

Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Cullinane said:
“Sinn Féin is absolutely opposed to this unfair household charge. It is regressive and should be scrapped. We have consistently warned the government against introducing such a charge but Minister Hogan carried on regardless. It is obvious that not only is the household charge unfair, it is also unpopular.

“Today in the Seanad representatives of Fine Gael and Labour accused those who will not pay as being guilty of subverting the state. Some people are not paying because they simply cannot pay. Others are not paying because the charge is unjust and unfair. People are taking a stand.

“It is interesting that while government representatives accuse people who fail to pay the charge as being guilty of subverting the state, they have no such words for the speculators and bankers who are being paid in full. The irony of the payment date of the €3.1billion Anglo Promissory Note falling on the same day the deadline for the household charge is due is lost on the government.

“The government needs to wise up and stop scaremongering. Minister Hogan should hold up his hands and say he got it wrong and reverse the charge. No matter what scare tactics are used by this government the majority of the people will not pay. This charge should be abolished immediately in favour of a wealth tax which taxes real wealth and not people’s homes.” ENDS

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