Monthly Archives: December 2011

Household tax ‘no benefit’ to councils, Manager confirms

Fingal County Council's Finance Director has stated that the proposed Household Tax will be of "no benefit" to local councils as it goes "straight into the Local Government Fund". The categorical statement from Mr Pat Keane came when presenting Fingal's Annual Budget  (20 Dec) and directly contradicts Minister Hogan's claim that the Household Tax is to fund libraries, fire brigades and other local services.

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Support the EBS workers

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Today's action by the EBS workers deserves 100% support from workers and the unemployed. A clear distinction must be made between the obscene rewards still given to the senior management in Ireland’s banks and the hard won pay and conditions of the ordinary employees.

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Threats to deduct household tax misleading & will be fought

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Alarmist media headlines over the past week give the impression that €2,500 could easily be deducted from the wages and welfare payments of householders boycotting the registration and payment of the new household tax. In fact such legislation does not even exist at this time. Nor does any legislation allow for the tax itself to be deducted.

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Mass campaign of non-payment only way to defeat regressive tax

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The first three months of 2012 could turn out to be an historic period in the modern political and social life of this State. It could be when the quiet majority of the population takes a decisive stand against shouldering any more burdens to bail out the major bankers, speculators and bondholders of Europe at the behest of the unholy trinity of the EU/IMF/ECB with the Fine Gael/Labour government as its agent. And the potent weapon they can wield is a boycott of the registration and payment of the newly imposed Household Tax.

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