The Dundalk Campaign Against the Household Charge and Septic Tank Fee have announced a major event at Dundalk town square on Saturday the 24th of March between 2 and 4pm.
The event is being billed as a ‘Carnival of Resistance’ and there is an impressive and growing line-up of musicians and non-political speakers who plan to celebrate the fact that 85 per cent of people have not registered and even less have paid.
Finbar Markey, one of the local campaign facilitators, explained the plans for the day, “This is an opportunity for all those who have not registered to come out publicly and show that we are not afraid to stand up and be counted. It also allows people who may be worried and afraid, who think they are alone in this, to come out and meet their friends and neighbours, to have some fun and cráic whilst standing up for themselves, young and old alike.”
Mr. Markey said of the national campaign, “This is one we can win and that we have to fight, it isn’t a national expression of anger but rather a very practical thing to do.
“We have seen many other European countries in as bad a predicament as ours, but their people are resisting and are getting concessions, this campaign isn’t about anger, it’s about by-passing the politicians and sending the message straight to Brussells, we will not be scape-goated.
“Everyone knows that the councils had their budgets cut to finance faceless banking investors and that the household charge is replacing that money, let’s give the Minister for Finance good reason to start negotiating at least a better deal.” Asked how local services would be paid for if no-one pays the household charge, Mr. Markey had a number of answers,
“Most people don’t realise that we have very few services that we don’t already pay for directly ourselves, and things like our fire brigade services have been reduced to on call services, and will soon be privatised along with water provision etc, then there will be no price control whatsoever.
“The money is here, €160 million is what they want to collect in household charges this year and yet they are giving away €3.5 Billion at the end of March to ex-Anglo investors, money we don’t even have to pay under the bank bailout out. Our country is surrounded by top quality oil and gas, the money is here, we just have to put pressure on our politicians to start doing the right thing and the first step to this is not to register.’ The line up for the Carnival of resistance at the Square on the 24th is impressive, with Jinx Lennon and Friends, This Way Down, Sophie Coyle (singer/songwriter) and a host of traditional and folk music.