Numbers paying Household Charge in Tipp ‘unknown’ for another two weeks

The number of households in South Tipperary who have paid the E100 household charge may not be known for another two weeks - according to the Local Government Management Agency, who are collecting the charge.

The number of households in South Tipperary who have paid the E100 household charge may not be known for another two weeks - according to the Local Government Management Agency, who are collecting the charge.

Although the final deadline was last Saturday thousands of bags of post from around the country, containing payments, have yet to be opened.

By Monday evening 106,000 bags of post had still to be opened and the office expected even more to arrive yesterday (Tuesday). As long as the payment was posted by Saturday it will be accepted.

A spokesperson for the LGMA said it would be unfair to councils around the country to give out figures at this stage, because it is possible that more rural areas availed of the post in-option for payment, with cities and urban areas more inclined to use the online registration.

Anti-Household Charge campaigners from Co. Tipperary travelled to Dublin last Saturday to take part in the national march against the tax that finished with a demonstration outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the National Convention Centre.

Elaine Power of the Carrick-on-Suir Against Austerity Group took part in the Dublin protest with six others from Carrick-on-Suir, Fethard, Clonmel and Piltown and the day before she and other Anti-Household Charge campaigners staged a protest outside the constituency office of Labour Senator Denis Landy in Carrick-on-Suir.

Elaine from Ballylynch, Carrick-on-Suir, who stressed she was not affiliated to any political party, said the Household Charge was a very unfair tax and she was very concerned about the levels it would increase to over the next few years.

“You wouldn’t mind paying E100 if it stayed at that but what is it going to be next year and the year after?” she asked.

She said the atmosphere at the Anti-Household Charge demonstration in Dublin was great but stressed that she and the other campaigners, who travelled to Dublin with her, were not involved in the scuffles outside the National Convention Centre in which a number of Fine Gael delegates were heckled, jostled and assaulted. “I didn’t think there was any need for it,” she said.