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Posts Tagged ‘ Malahide ’

News in Brief: Quinn Jumps Before He’s Pushed

NIB's favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

NIB’s favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

In what can only be described as typical, Enda Kenny’s put his foot firmly into his mouth -this week he’s been calling Joan-people! People, he’s been calling people fat, according to Micheal Martin anyway. The Fianna Fail leader accused the Taoiseach of being fattist following questioning over the decision to suspend gastric band operations. In a bid to save money Enda suggested the waiting patients go for a jog instead and cut out the Supermacs: ‘prevention is better than cure’ to which Martin took offence. He reckons obese people are subject to ‘the last acceptable form of discrimination’, although conceded this couldn’t be applied to James Reilly.

In other political news Ruairi Quinn has been retired! Well jumped, before he was pushed, out of Leinster House. What does this mean for us?! NIB hears you all cry. Oh no sorry, you were wondering about your World Cup Office sweepstake now USA are out. Continue reading

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What We Learned This Past Week

 

It’s been quite a mad week in sport, as per usual. I take a look at some of the lighter moments, the dark moments and the down right crazy moments.

It’s a bad week for:

It’s a bad week for a foreign newspaper called ‘Critica’ as they gave us the best headline thus far;

The headline was created on Friday evening after Panama lost in epic fashion, 2-1 to Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier. Raul Jiminez’s late bicycle kick, or Chilena in Latin, essentially kept Mexico’s hopes alive while ending Panama’s in the process. Continue reading

Having A Cracking Time: The Big Egg Hunt 2013

Egg Hunt jpegOn strolling into Dundrum Shopping Centre on Wednesday morning, I noticed something slightly amiss with the local scenery. Three large beautifully painted Easter eggs had taken up residence on plinths by the Mill Pond. This, I felt called for further (and immediate) investigation, for where there is an Easter egg, then surely chocolate would not be far away… Continue reading

Household Charge Backlash Heats Up

“It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a person’s home.” These were the words spoken by Enda Kenny in 1994. Nobody, I’m sure, truly believes that a politician will stick to their words, keep their election promises or hold to values they publicly stated they held.

The latest charge to be foisted on the tax payer from the Budget 2012 is the Household Charge, introduced in the Local Government Act 2011. It provides for a €100 charge for those unlucky enough to meet the criteria, to “fund vital local services” and which the government hopes will raise around €160 million each year, although depending on the current government for accurate financial figures is a dangerous business. Anyone who fails to pay the tax will face late payment penalties, ranging from 10-30 per cent, depending on how late they are. The government are also sending out leaflets across the country to ensure no one misses the opportunity to pay. Based on the lowest prices offered by An Post’s Publicity Post, the cost would start at €338,000 but is sure to rise.

With only several weeks to the deadline of March 31st, well over 1.4 million households are yet to bow to government pressure and pay the €100 charge. According to a recent Red C poll, around 15 per cent of the population have no intention of paying up. And, unlike the increased hike in VAT, resistance to the introduction of what may as well be a tax for existing in this country has been fierce. On Monday 9th January, protesters gathered at the monthly meeting of Galway City Council to protest the new tax. Although the demonstration began peacefully, it soon escalated, protesters clashing with Gardaí. A nationwide movement has since been galvanised into action. The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) launched its anti-government campaign on Wednesday, announcing plans to raise a “war chest” in the region of €250,000 to fight the government charge. The organisation hopes to be funded by grass roots support, asking €5 in membership fees to allow it to fight the legislation.

The movement has already been denounced by Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. A spokesperson for the Minister said that it amounted to “organised law breaking.” “The minister has already said that it is undemocratic of any public representative to advocate breaking the law and they should resign their seat it that is what they are doing.” Last month, a small group of Independent and right wing TD’s made known their opposition to the charge, stressing their willingness to go to prison for encouraging members of the public not to pay.

Somewhat ironically, many high profile and unfinished housing estates in Dublin are among those who will receive a waiver for the charge. Amongst these is Belmayne in Malahide, North Dublin, opened in 2007 by former footballer Jamie Redknapp amid much fanfare and excitement.

There is a precedent for the People vs the Powers that be. In 1996, the Federation of Dublin Anti-Water Charges Campaigns (FDAWCC) successfully fought the introduction of a similar charge in several Dublin areas. Dublin councils had levied a water charge on households in the county after legislation was passed which allowed them to do so. The FDAWCC organised protests and prevented the councils from turning off water to those who refused to pay; similar campaigns ran across the country. By 1996, over half of the households affected were refusing to pay the charges. In the face of widespread condemnation and solidarity, then Minister for the Environment, Brendan Howlin, announced the water charge was going to be abolished.

Socialist politician, Joe Higgins, who was involved in the nineties campaigns has reiterated calls for a “boycott campaign” which would support a “vast non-payment” of this charge. “If people stand together, we can force the government to abolish this charge” he said. A mass campaign supported by the people of Ireland is the only way this charge is going to be defeated. Once again, on the back of reduced welfare payments and job losses, wage cuts and huge hikes in energy bills, the government attempts to solve its problem by dumping it on the majority. If, by March 31st, the vast majority of households in the country have stood firm and not paid the tax, then the ball will be in the government’s court. And any government which would ignore the wishes of the vast majority of its people would certainly do so at great peril.

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