Revenue Offices picketed by anti-property tax campaigners

In a series of co-ordinated protests, members of the Campaign Against
Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) protesting on Wednesday (10th April). at
the offices of the Revenue Commissioners in Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny
and Dublin (O’Connell St. and St. John’s Rd. West)

The pickets were held as part of the build-up to the National Protest
Against Property Tax Robbery which will be held in Dublin on Saturday
next.

Speaking at the protest in Cork, John Lonergan a member of Cork CAHWT 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?”.

Outside the St Johns Rd. Revenue Commissioners office in Dublin, Tony
McGuigan from Ballyfermot said:

“I came here today 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. 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.”

At the protest at the Kilkenny offices, Carlow CAHWT spokesperson Ned
Costigan said:

“We are protesting here today against the government’s use of Revenue
as a battering ram, to force through an unjust tax on peoples’ 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.”

Speaking at the protest in Dublin’s O’Connell St., Claire Casey said:

“Revenue are the government’s puppets. The campaign understands that
many of the ordinary workers in Revenue share our opposition to the
property tax. If workers in Revenue take steps to actively oppose the
implementation of the property tax they will be supported by the
majority of people.”

In Limerick, Joe Harrington said:

“Limerick Minister, Michael Noonan, wants hide behind revenue like
Minister O’Reilly hides behind the HSE. But people aren’t fooled, this
tax was brought in by Fine Gael & Labour, ans they will be the ones
calling telling revenue what to do. Everyone needs to come out on
Saturday 12:30 Garden of Remebrance, Parnell Square, Dublin to send a
message to this government.”

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