THERE was considerable public backing for a demonstration against the local property tax in Naas.
Numerous passing motorists honked their horns in support as up to a dozen people carried placards and banners attacking the charge introduced by the Fine Gael-Labour government.
The protest was staged outside Naas Town Hall on Saturday afternoon last and was organised by the Kildare Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. The organisers said it was part of a national protest against home tax.
The Labour Party was attacked and urged to stop “dancing to the Troika’s tune”.
Literature handed to passers by and shoppers on the main street charged: “We already pay for local services, including water, out of direct taxation. The property tax and water tax are double taxes.” The Government was criticised for putting bank and bondholders first.
“They want us to pay for the bailout. Instead the money should go into jobs to give young people a future. Every E1billion spent on schools, hospitals, water and sewage services creates 10,000 jobs.”
Socialist TD and Newbridge native Clare Daly will address a meeting at the Town House Hotel, Naas, on April 15 (8pm).
MEP Paul Murphy will address a public meeting at the Ryston Social Club, Newbridge, on April 10 (8pm).
- Paul O’Meara