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Three-quarters of homes still to pay household charge

395,232 homes had paid the charge by 5pm this evening – that’s just under a quarter of the 1.6 million liable homes.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

ONLY ONE QUARTER of Irish homes have paid the €100 household charge with just four days to go before the deadline for payment.

Figures provided by the Department of the Environment this evening show that 395,232 homes had paid the €100 charge by the close of business in local authorities today.

The figures indicate that 31,754 homes have paid the charge since the same time yesterday – leaving a massive chunk of the Irish population still to pay the €100 fee.

The charge was the subject of harsh words in the Dáil this afternoon, when Eamon Gilmore admitted there had been difficulties in allowing some willing people to pay the charge.

Gilmore’s comments came in contrast to those of junior finance minister Brian Hayes, who yesterday said there was “no difficulty” in paying the charge provided a homeowner wanted to do so.

Read: Gilmore admits ‘difficulties’ allowing household charge payment

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