High Court grants councillor leave to challenge Household Charge

High Court grants councillor leave to challenge Household Charge

Thomas Brabazon

The High Court has granted leave to a Dublin City Councillor to challenge the implementation of the household charge because the legislation has not been published in Irish.

Lawyers for Thomas Brabazon from Raheny argued that the two months notice given to householders to pay the €100 charge was a reasonable time to make the legislation available.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill granted leave to challenge the charge and imposed a stay on any action being taken by Mr Brabazon until the completion of the proceedings or until the legislation is published in Irish.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has called on the Government to withdraw plans for the levy to be paid by March 31st in light of the High Court decision.

Earlier Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins claimed that many of those who have registered for the Household Charge to date will not have to pay it as they have an exemption from the payment.

Figures revealed yesterday that 85% of households have not registered or paid the charge.

Speaking on Adhmhaidin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Deputy Higgins said that the figures were actually worse than the Government had indicated, as many of the 230,000 that had registered by yesterday afternoon were exempt from the payment.

He said that the low level of compliance illustrated the strength of the national campaign that is under way, that the ordinary people have spoken and that the Government will have no choice but to listen to the people.

He said that the figure of non-payment could be in the region of 750,000 and could even be one million.

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