ELEVENTH-HOUR APPEAL TO MINISTER TO SUSPEND HOUSEHOLD CHARGE

22 March 2012 One Comment by The Northern Standard

An eleventh-hour appeal went out from Tuesday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to suspend the operation of the controversial €100 household charge until the public received full clarity on the revenue-generating measure.
The Council adopted a proposal to this effect from Fianna Fáil councillor Robbie Gallagher, who said the introduction of the measure had been rushed and cited a series of problems with it including what he saw as the unfairness of the flat rate method chosen, and flaws in the dissemination of information on liability for the charge and the payment avenues that could be availed of.
However, a proposal from Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon calling on the Council not to use the powers granted to it to access name and address information through utility companies to determine liability for the charge was defeated on the casting vote of Council Cathaoirleach David Maxwell.
Town Manager David Fallon had informed the members that they could not direct the Council not to use the law that was available to them in this regard.
Mr Fallon also pointed out that the offices of Monaghan Town Council, and other local authority offices in the county, would open on the Saturday, March 31 deadline day from 10 am until 4 pm to facilitate household charge payments.
During the debate, SF’s Donal Sherry declared his intention not to pay the charge, branding it the thin end of the …

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  • John Murphy said:

    Fianna Fail bankrupted Ireland under the leadership of Ireland’s most corrupt politician Dirt Berty……