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Government must end bully boy tactics on household charge – McDonald

21 March, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has this afternoon called on Government ministers to end their bully boy tactics on the household charge.

Speaking during leaders’ questions in the Dáil the Dublin Central TD said:

“There are just ten days left to the deadline for payment of the Household Charge yet 80% of householders have not paid. The Government’s handling of this Household Charge has been nothing short of a shambles.

“The desperation of Government is evident from the increasingly shrill tone of Government Minsters trying to frighten citizens into paying this charge. The Government should stop trying to bully the electorate and start listening to them instead.

“The reality is that on this issue the Government have got it wrong, just as it did with the DEIS Schools. The Household Charge is an unfair and unjust tax and it should be withdrawn.

“The Trade Unions have been clear on this with SIPTU, UNITE, the CPSU and the Dublin Council of Trade Unions all calling for this Tax to be scrapped. When will the Government face these facts?

“Does the Government really intend to bring hundreds of thousands of citizens before the courts on this issue when not a single banker has been jailed for causing this crisis? Is the Tánaiste really going to add to the problems of hard pressed families by overseeing the introduction of legislation to allow fines in relation to this charge to be deducted from people’s earnings or from social welfare payments?”

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