Anti-property tax campaigners set to run candidates in local elections

Anti-property tax campaigners are planning to run dozens of candidates in next year’s local elections to wrest power back from the main political parties.

Anti-property tax campaigners set to run candidates in local elections

The warning came last night after hundreds of campaigners picketed Revenue offices urging the staff not to do the Government’s “dirty work”.

In a series of co-ordinated protests, members of the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes mounted pickets outside Revenue offices in Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, and at two Dublin offices on O’Connell St and St John’s Rd West.

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, a spokesman for the Cork City and county campaign, was among about 100 people who stood outside the Blackpool offices in Cork. The day before, organisers had invited Revenue staff to join them for the lunchtime protest.

“It was an effective demonstration,” Mr Ó Cadhla said. “And while Revenue staff didn’t join us outside, they did express solidarity with us and several stood inside the lobby and observed.”

He said opposition to the tax is mounting with a series of local meetings continuing across the city and county.

He said various campaign branches are now finalising plans to run candidates in next year’s local elections.

Mr Ó Cadhla said he is involved in a movement which plans to run 31 candidates to target every seat on Cork City Council.

John Lonergan, another member of the Cork branch of the anti-property tax campaign, said: “Families are having a hard enough time putting food on the table without having to shell out hundreds of euro for a tax which is just being used to bail out the banks.

“They can send as many Revenue letters as they like — we’re not going to be bullied. We are going to fight — what other option do we have?”

Tony McGuigan from Ballyfermot was among the protesters outside the St John’s Rd offices in Dublin,

“I came here because I think Revenue should never have been given powers to go into people’s bank accounts, wages, social welfare payments, or any other way into our private money,” he said.

“This is morally wrong and the reason they were given these powers was because the campaign against the household tax was doing the job in opposing these unjust taxes on our homes.”

Carlow campaign spokesman Ned Costigan, who was at the Kilkenny protest, said: “We are protesting against the Government’s use of Revenue as a battering ram, to force through an unjust tax on people’s homes, and its attempt to use Revenue to intimidate people.

“We call on people to build a movement for change and to resist this intimidation.”

The pickets come ahead of a national rally due to take place in the capital on Saturday.

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