A large crowd attended a meeting in the Central Hotel in Donegal Town last night in relation to proposed new levies and charges and delivered a strong message to the Government - “We can’t pay and we won’t pay”
The meeting was organised by Independent councillor John Campbell and was addressed by Independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan and Thomas Pringle who spoke on the nation wide campaign.
Several areas have formed Action Groups following the recent launch of the campaign in Gweedore when Independent TDs Joe Higgins and Thomas Pringle attended.
A spokesperson for the Donegal Action group said, “Action groups against these unfair taxes are being set up all over the country.
“Our only goal is to force the Government to cease the imposition of these unfair and unjust taxes. We have depended on politicians for far too long and been constantly let down. It stops now. The will of the people to stand up against these taxes is becoming abundantly clear.
“Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay” is not politically linked to any specific party. We are members of the community who feel cheated and trodden over but will take no more. The more people we can connect with the stronger we will become.
“We will be listened to. We will be heard. We Can’t Pay And We Won’t Pay!
“The Household Registration charge to be introduced in the December Budget is the forerunner of Taxes on Water, Septic Tanks and other household services.
“The Campaign has in a few short weeks become nationwide with dozens of Action Groups formed throughout the country. The simple message to the Government is ‘We can’t Pay, We won’t pay’ and all areas are determined to boycott the registration required.” she concluded.
Cllr John Campbell expressed his concern that the Donegal County Council budget will be framed on the basis of receiving Household registration fees from Central Government.
“This must not happen” he stated “thousands of people throughout the country have decided to boycott these charges and therefore there will be little or no income generated to Council or Central Government. Local Authorities will suffer again with dire consequences.
“The major part of County Donegal is rural and totally dependant on Septic Tanks and Group Water Schemes. The rural householder has paid and continues to pay for these essential services – we cannot and will not be penalised on the double.”