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Use whatever means necessary to get the money says Hogan as he stands four square with councils over student grants


Minister Phil Hogan tells county councils to use “whatever means necessary” to collect the €100 household charge.

Those who have not paid their household charges should not receive student grants.

They are asking people, and they are putting in place plans to get in the remaining monies that are owed to them. That’s what any businesses would do” Says Hogan.

Earlier Education Minister Ruairí Quinn added his support to the councils.

Let us remind the ministers that the household tax is not a business charge but a tax levied by the government to pay for the misbehaviour of bankers.

If this was, a business charges the banks would be, broke, end of story, and the people would not be paying for government and banker’s mistakes.

The legality of what the councils are doing is questionable and may not stand up if questioned before the courts.

 

USI president John Logue said: “The action taken by Clare County Council must be condemned in the strongest terms. This is an unprecedented move. Never have I heard of a grant being refused until proof of payment is offered for a completely unrelated tax owed by another person.

“Students are being punished for the decisions of their parents and their education is being put at risk.”

Pamela Rochford, a spokesperson for the Clare branch of the Campaign against Household and Water Taxes, accused the council of using scare tactics with the move.

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