Cllr Anthony Kelly renewed his call on the government to abolish the household tax ahead of today’s rally against the controversial charge in Wexford town. The Wexford Sinn Féin councillor said that the governments bully tactics and scaremongering were failing to break the resolve of the Irish people after it had emerged that less than 20% of those eligible to pay the household tax had registered with only a week to go before the deadline.
“There’s only one week to go to the deadline for registration to pay the household charge yet fewer than 20% of those eligible have signed up. At this time a little over 300,000 households have paid the charge. That leaves 1.3 million households who have not paid. If that’s not a clear rejection of the household tax by the Irish electorate then I don’t know what is. The people have rejected this tax, and today as a local democratically elected representative I am calling on the government to listen to the wishes of the people and abolish this controversial charge.”