Donegal Independent Cllr John Campbell has refuted the latest Household charge figures claiming the “Council officials are using over estimate registration by around 20% at least, they have based the compliance rate on dud figures produced by Minister Hogan’s office.”
Protest groups have argued since the start, that the compliance figures were flawed and that they were deliberately biased so as to give the appearance of much high compliance. Cllr John Campbell maintains that the estimates of those liable to pay the household charge are intentionally flawed. “It’s just another part of this government’s ongoing campaign of intimidation; they’re trying to bully people into paying. If this inaccuracy has been repeated in every county then the majority of people across Ireland still have not paid, despite what the LGMA propagandist Paul McSweeney has been saying on radio all last week” blasted Campbell.
“Using the census the LGMA are counting all vacant properties, apart from holiday homes in the county as being exempt from the charge, but this doesn’t match the legislation or their own website. Their figure for exemptions is out by nearly 12,000” explained Campbell.
He continued saying, “this is more than just a simple error or oversight; it’s deliberately false. Independent Cllr. Campbell finished by issuing a challenge to Paul McSweeney of the LGMA to debate the figures with him.