Minister Accused of Blackmailing Tipperary

Despite the fact that the people of North Tipperary have added an extra 8% to the total number who have paid the controvertial Household Charge in just over a month, Environment Minister Phil Hogan has not yet given any indication of what level of cuts he intends implementing to the Local Government Fund of the county.

Despite the fact that the people of North Tipperary have added an extra 8% to the total number who have paid the controvertial Household Charge in just over a month, Environment Minister Phil Hogan has not yet given any indication of what level of cuts he intends implementing to the Local Government Fund of the county.

The underfire Fine Gael Minister, who has been described as having “blackmailed” the council with his dictats on the Household Charge, has not corresponded with the local authority since he dropped the bombshell six weeks ago that he was cutting the Local Government Fund by 1.5 million due to the fact that only 58% of those liable for the household charge had paid it.

The situation has improved significantly now with approximately 1% extra per week being gathered, but Minister Hogan has been silent on the issue, according to County Manager Mr Joe MacGrath, who has been in regular contact with the department. See full story in this weeks Tipperary Star.