Up on 400 people attended a meeting in Donegal Town last Monday night to discuss the impact of the impending taxes and charges that the Government intend to implement in the coming months with a particular focus on the septic tank, household and water taxes.
The meeting which was held in the Central Hotel in Donegal Town was organised by Cllr. John Campbell and addressed by Deputies Thomas Pringle and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.
The campaign known as ‘We can’t pay, We won’t pay’ was formed from a group of concerned individuals in the county and has grown from strength to strength as revelations of new taxes emerge almost on a daily basis.
It was agreed, after lively discussion, that groups throughout the county organise community support in every town and village throughout the county to oppose these taxes and others that may be coming down the road.
Deputy Thomas Pringle said: “All these taxes are interlinked and are simply revenue generation to allow Government to withdraw money from local authorities to pay off debts to the banks that we as individuals never incurred. These taxes will be dressed up as environmental measures to reduce water pollution but they are really no more than a preparation to privatise our services such as water - people should resist these charges.”
Pringle added: “The sheer size of the crowd here tonight leaves little doubt that there is widespread concern and anguish being felt by the people of this county in relation to these charges.”
One of the organisers, Michael Mac Giolla Easpaigh added: “ It is also very clear the anger that is out there that the Government would chose to impose these taxes in the guise of services when it is abundantly clear that the exercise is really to garner funds to pay off the debts of reckless bankers and bondholders.
“The actions of this small group of individuals have created massive unemployment, increased hardships and created a widening gap between rich and poor.”
At the conclusion of the meeting a unanimous show of hands indicated that those present were totally committed to resist the proposed charges and were prepared to fight it to the very end.