South Tipp TD Seamus Healy slams household tax

At a photocall at the gates of Leinster House, South Tipperary Independent TD Seamus Healy and eight other TDs reiterated their support for the campaign of mass opposition to the Household Tax. He said - “We welcome the massive boycott of the Household Tax that is evident from the huge figure of 1,576,000 that have not registered out of 1,800,000 households that the government says must do so. While we know that the numbers who register will increase somewhat, we believe that a massive cohort of ordinary householders will refuse to do so and that the March 31 deadline will pass with mass opposition evident for all to see.

At a photocall at the gates of Leinster House, South Tipperary Independent TD Seamus Healy and eight other TDs reiterated their support for the campaign of mass opposition to the Household Tax. He said - “We welcome the massive boycott of the Household Tax that is evident from the huge figure of 1,576,000 that have not registered out of 1,800,000 households that the government says must do so. While we know that the numbers who register will increase somewhat, we believe that a massive cohort of ordinary householders will refuse to do so and that the March 31 deadline will pass with mass opposition evident for all to see.

“Hundreds of thousands of householders do not take lightly a decision to engage in mass peaceful civil disobedience. The strength of opposition in this case does not surprise us, however, as, when we addressed public meetings of the campaign right around the country in the last ten weeks, we could see from the thousands who attended that there is a major determination among ordinary people to fight this new tax.

“We could see that they know it represents the beginning of the process of constructing a new tier of taxation that would quickly reach €1,000 and beyond. We also note how the Household Tax is linked in the minds of those opposing with the billions being paid from taxpayers’ funds to bail out bankers and speculators for bad private gambling debts and with the swingeing austerity being imposed which people see as highly destructive of services and society generally.”

Deputy Healy reiterated his support for the Boycott Campaign. He urges people to stand in solidarity and not to be intimidated by government threats. He believes that the people power being evoked in opposition to the Home Tax cannot be ignored and calls on the government to withdraw it now. He calls for a tax on the super wealth of the very richest, which in the case of the foremost 300, grew by €5 billion in one year alone from March 2011 to 2012 (€57 billion to €62 billion according to Sunday Independent ‘Rich List’)