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Attorney General's concerns delay Household Charges Bill in the Dáil

The Taoiseach would not be drawn on what concerns the AG has but the bill will now not be debated until after the budget.

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THE BILL THAT will likely introduce a €100 tax on every household in the country has been delayed until after the budget next week because of concerns raised by the Attorney General, the Taoiseach has said.

TDs were due to debate all stages of the Local Government (Household Charges) Bill 2011 on Thursday before voting on the measure which would likely see a €100 household charge introduced.

But the debate has now been postponed because Attorney General Máire Whelan has some concerns over it, according to the Taoiseach.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Enda Kenny would not be drawn on what those concerns were but such instances are not unusual.

The bill will now likely have to wait until after the budget before it is debated and passed through the Dáil by the government.

Confidential documents submitted to the German parliament under Ireland’s bailout agreement revealed earlier this month that the charge was on the cards but so far the government has not outlined the specific details of it.

However, the leaked documents, obtained by TheJournal.ie, revealed that the government expects to bring in €160 million through the new tax.

Read all TheJournal.ie’s coverage of Budget 2012 >

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