Remarkable arrogance from Alan Shatter but it is what you expect from the traitors of the Irish people. In a couple of hours protestors will outnumber delegates at the Fine Gael annual conference in Dublin. The protest is also targeting the Labour party. Fine Gael and Labour are in government just over a year divisions are clear even at county council/local level. The Labour party has lost support over this household tax. Alan Shatter highlights the contempt these parties show for the ‘ordinary people’ of Ireland. More and more Irish people realise the political parties are “all the same”. It’s time to continue a real alternative to their party system. The Irish deserve better.
The Justice Minister has said that people planning to protest against the household charge today should "get a life".
The deadline to pay the €100 tax takes affect at midnight tonight, after which penalty fees will apply.
So far, just over 528,000 of the 1.6 million homeowners who are liable for the charge, have actually paid it.
A demonstration will be staged outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the Convention Centre in Dublin this afternoon, to oppose this tax.
Alan Shatter says people who don't pay the fee can be brought before the courts and fined for their non-compliance.
Minister Shatter also says a "mountain is being made out of a molehill" given that the tax is only €100:
"This is the lowest property charge you will find anywhere in Europe"
"...I think Sinn Fein and the promise protestors should just get a life'