At a Cork City Council meeting held on Monday the 11th of June a motion by Ted Tynan and Mick Barry was voted on. The proposal was that City Council do not support the prosecution of non-payers of the household tax.
It concluded as follows:
7 councillors for – Ted Tynan, Mick Barry, Thomas Gould, Tony Fitzgerald, Chris O’Leary, Mick Finn, Fiona Kerins
16 councillors against – John Kelleher, Joe Kavanagh, Catherine Clancy, Patricia Gosch, Michael O’Connell, Joe O’Callaghan, Des Cahill, Laura McGonigle, Denis O’Flynn, Jim Corr, Emmet O’Halloran, Sean Martin, John Buttimer, Michael Ahern, Brian Bermingham, Ger Gibbons
3 Councillors abstaining – Kenneth O’Flynn, Terry Shannon, Kieran McCarthy
Those against the motion were the three main parties of Fine Gael, Labour and Fine Fail. These councillors were, for Fine Gael: Jim Corr, Emmet O’Halloran, John Buttimer, Brian Bermingham, Joe Kavanagh, Patricia Gosch, Joe O’Callaghan, Des Cahill, Laura McGonigle ; for Labour: Michael Ahern, Ger Gibbons, John Kelleher, Catherine Clancy, Michael O’Connell, Denis O’Flynn, ; and for Fianna Fail: Sean Martin,
The vote means that these councillors give their support to the city manager to bring you to court for not paying the Household Tax, irrespective of ability or means to pay. This is another reason not to support them when they look for your vote in the next local elections. Let them know we are even more serious about not paying as they are about making us pay.
Even if you have already paid the tax, you are still welcome to join us in the fight ahead to have it overturned. We will also be fighting the similarly unfair and regressive water and property taxes.
Remember, more than half the eligible households still have not paid. We are the majority, join us to defeat this unfair tax.