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Following the introduction of the household charge on Jan. 1st, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaigners intend to make January a month of protest with meetings in Ballybofey, Arranmore, Inver, Letterkenny, Newtoncunningham, Fintown, Buncrana, Dungloe, Ballyshannon and Milford.
The first meeting takes place in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, at 8 pm on Monday, Jan. 9th, and will be addressed by Thomas Pringle, independent TD for Donegal South West, and Liam Whyte of the campaign steering committee.
Campaigners are urging homeowners not to register for the household charge, arguing that the money will be applied to bank bail-outs and not to local services. Householders have until the end of March to register for the charge.
The government have “put out a lot of suggestions into the media that they can take this money out of people’s benefits, out of wages -- particularly wages of public sector workers. But there’s no legal basis for that,” said Francis McCafferty, a member of the campaign’s steering committee.
“The legislation that they rushed through the Dáil in December didn’t make any kind of provision for that, and unless they bring in further legislation they won’t be able to do that.”
In the same way, he said, the government does not have the authority to attach the charges to ESB bills.
Any legislation that would give the government the authority to dock pay or entitlements “would obviously face huge opposition, so a lot of this is scare tactics,” Mr. McCafferty said.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
Co Down man Adrian Gregory Cunningham has been told he will spend a minimum of 11 years of his life sentence behind bars for kicking a Polish national to death in 2009.
On Friday a Judge at Newry Crown Court said the brutal murder of Marek Mateusz Musynski would attract "widespread public abhorrence".
Mr Musynski, 40, was left to die alone after being kicked in an alleyway in the border town of Newry following an attack sometime between 6 and 7 July 2009.
Judge David McFarland, sitting in Enniskillen courthouse, told 20-year-old Cunningham, of Lisgullion Park, Newry, that having served the minimum jail term it would be up to the Life Sentence Review Commissioners to decide when, "if at all", he should be released.
The judge also told Cunningham that it "would be impossible to convey" the deep impact the murder has had on Mr Musynski's parents, without treading further on their grief and continuing sense of loss by reporting what each had said.
However, Judge McFarland revealed that in an effort to cope with "the enormity of their loss and the manner of their son's death", they had cut themselves off from family, friends and society in general.
"This personal grief will no doubt be shared by all right-minded members of the public in this country," said Judge McFarland.
"There will be widespread public abhorrence when one considers the nature of Mr Musynski's death - a visitor to this country, trying to better himself in a new country, dying alone, by being kicked to death in an alley in Newry in the early hours of the morning".
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