Protest gathers momentum

“You’ve got a fella in a Merc, a minister or a TD, and he putting the hand out for n100 from me with two kids and struggling to pay a mortgage.”

“You’ve got a fella in a Merc, a minister or a TD, and he putting the hand out for n100 from me with two kids and struggling to pay a mortgage.”

So says Declan Crowe, a Kildare town man who is involved in the fight against the household charge. “I’ve never been involved in a political party or anything like this before,” he told the Leinster Leader. “If I thought the n100 charge would do something good for the country, I’d be first in line to pay it. But it won’t. It’s going into a big black hole in the ground just to pay back these debts.”

Mr. Crowe was amongst 200 peopole who took part in a march last Saturday, March 10 in Newbridge that was addressed by, amongst others, the Socialist Party TD, and Newbridge native, Clare Daly.

On March 24 there will be a big rally at the National Stadium in Dublin, and it’s hoped that this, and all the marches thus far will have the effect of changing the Government’s mind by the time or the deadline for registering for the tax on March 31.

Referencing the billions being paid back to the banks, Mr. Crowe said that Ireland should follow the example of Iceland. “I know things aren’t perfect there, but they defaulted, the sky didn’t fall in and now they’re back in the money markets.”