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Anti-household tax protesters outside the Revenue offices in Dublin Photo by: PA

Irish anti-austerity protesters chain themselves inside government offices

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Anti-household tax protesters outside the Revenue offices in Dublin Photo by: PA

The Irish Tax Revenue were forced to close one of their busiest offices in Dublin on Thursday, due to an occupation by protesters.

Some of the protesters chained themselves inside the Central Revenue Information Office in the city centre, which takes around 1,000 calls a day.

25 members of the Campaign Against Home And Water Taxes began their protest around 12pm on Thursday with a few members chaining themselves to chairs and radiators at the office just off O'Connell Street, Breaking News reports.

"It's just about the Revenue, the taxation policy in this country where extremely super rich people and companies are let off scot-free," spokesperson for the group Ruth Coppinger said.

"And yet again and again it’s the ordinary workers that are being made to pay."

In a statement, the Revenue Commissioners explained that, "As our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and customers, we had to close the office.”

"We regret the significant inconvenience this has caused our customers."

A Garda spokesman said the protest ended peacefully, with no injuries and no arrests made.

An annual Local Property Tax (LPT) charged on all residential properties in Ireland comes into effect on July 1 2013. Owners of residential property, including rental properties, are liable to pay the tax by May 28.

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