The Justice Minister has said that people planning to protest against the household charge today should "get a life".
The deadline to pay the €100 tax takes affect at midnight tonight, after which penalty fees will apply.
So far, just over 528,000 of the 1.6 million homeowners who are liable for the charge, have actually paid it.
A demonstration will be staged outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the Convention Centre in Dublin this afternoon, to oppose this tax.
Alan Shatter says people who don't pay the fee can be brought before the courts and fined for their non-compliance.
Minister Shatter also says a "mountain is being made out of a molehill" given that the tax is only €100:
"This is the lowest property charge you will find anywhere in Europe"
"...I think Sinn Fein and the promise protestors should just get a life'
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