Can’t pay Won’t pay moves across Inishowen

Community activist, Francis McCafferty is calling for a large turn out at next week’s “Can’t pay! Won’t pay!” public meeting in Burt.

Speaking to the “Journal” yesterday, he said: “The “We Won’t Pay” campaign was established in Donegal last autumn, as part of the growing opposition to the Government’s planned Septic Tank, Water and Household taxes. 200 people attended our inaugural meeting in Gweedore and we are hopeful of a good crowd in St Mary’s Hall on Monday night.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and get involved. The proposed charges are due to come into effect on March 31 and only a strong non-payment campaign between now and then will protect the vast majority of the population who are vehemently opposed to these unfair charges.”

Mr McCafferty is cynical about the Government’s plans for the money raised.

He said: “People should be under no illusion about the Septic Tank, Water and Household taxes. They will not pay for a single additional local service or job. The government will cut the Local Government Fund by the amount raised and put it towards the ongoing bank bailout. These are stealth taxes aimed at paying off the bond holders.”

The Letterkenny man who is speaking at the Burt meeting, added: “People should not feel intimidated by claims that these charges will be added to electricity bills or taken from welfare benefits or wages. Under the legislation, published before Christmas, there is no provision for either of these measures. For government to claim otherwise is scaremongering.”

Mr McCafferty who will be joined on the platform by independent Donegal County Councillor, John Campbell, added that after March the “We Won’t Pay” campaign will be giving 100 percent support to anyone who is threatened with being taken to court.

The “We won’t Pay” campaign can be contacted through Francis McCafferty on 863850948.