THE LOUTH Septic Tank Awareness Group marched on the Dáil last week to deliver a letter of protest to the Government.
The group led by Cllr Frank Godfrey arrived at the offices of the Government at approximately 12 noon to deliver the letter to Minister Phil Hogan, who is behind new legislation that could see individual home owners forking out thousands of euros to refit septic tanks.
The group of 10 or so protesters stood for photographs outside of the Dáil with placards, demonstrating their opposition to the new fees.
The letter addressed to Minister Hogan read: “We are protesting today as we are concerned with the proposed charges by your Government, both inspection charges and any remedial charges thereafter, which we are strongly opposed to.
“People on main sewerage schemes are not subject to charges for remedial work. Almost half a million householders in Ireland have septic tanks and in the present difficult financial climate many are unable to meet his extra tax on septic tanks, particularly the elderly.”
It went on to say; “We are holding this public protest from Couny Louth today at the Dáil to highlight this proposed discriminatory tax.”
Cllr Godfrey says rural dwellers will be hit hard by the new Water Services Bill due to be debated in the Oireachtas, which will see a €50 registration fee for septic tank holders, as well as the possible costs of upgrading tanks which could be anything up to €4,000.
“There is no talk of Government or EU grant aid for these Water Services Upgrades which is disappointing,” said Cllr Godfrey, “I am calling on the Oireachtas to reject the bill as it is unfair and discriminatory to penalise rural dwellers in County Louth and Nationwide.”