Updated: 23/02/12 : 06:47:24
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Minister invited to hometown protest meeting tonight

Minister of State Mr John Perry T.D. has been invited by the Sligo Campaign against Household and Water Taxes to address a Public Meeting in his home town of Ballymote this evening (Thursday 23rd)
 
The Public Meeting on the issue of the Household Charge and the Septic Tank Registration Charge will be held in the Coach House Hotel at 8.30.p.m tonight. Guest speakers will include Dr Brian O’Boyle, Cllr Declan Bree and Mr Jackie Marren.
 
Speaking today Mr Tim Mulcahy, who will Chair the meeting said “Minister Perry supports the imposition of these taxes and we have invited him to address the meeting so as his constituents can hear at first hand his views on the issues and to allow them raise questions if they so wish.”
 
Mr Mulcahy said that the meeting is one of a series of events being organised across the region by the campaign. A Public Protest will take place outside the GPO, Sligo, on this coming Saturday (25th) at 1.00.p.m. and a public meeting is planned for the Teeling Centre, Collooney on Thursday next (1st March)
 
“The Household tax is extremely unpopular. In the face of this unpopularity, the government is trying to threaten us with fines and sanctions to make us pay up. But if we all stand together these threats can be defeated.” Mr Mulcahy said.
 
“Likewise in rural areas the fight against the Septic Tank registration fee is a key part of the campaign. Attempts have been made to isolate this issue from the household tax and the water tax but the three taxes cannot be separated.
 
“The registration for the taxes will be used to build the database to charge all future domestic taxes, which is why we need to boycott registration.” Mr Mulcahy said.

Ironically, the meeting is taking place in the hotel which until recently was in control of Mr Perry.