Saturday August 8, 2020

Household charge: snapshot of a protest

The household charge controversy has made Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil Hogan a household name with the electorate.

31st March, 2012
A protest meeting against the household charge held in Rathmines, Dublin, last Thursday night. Photo: Maura Hickey

The household charge controversy has achieved at least one thing for Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil Hogan. It has made him a household (if you will) name with the electorate.

At a public meeting against the new tax in Rathmines in Dublin last Thursday evening, several speakers referred to the minister in the most familiar of terms.

"If we don't pay," said one speaker, "there's nothing Big Phil can do."

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