Surge in household charge payments predicted

The chief executive of the body charged with collecting the new 100 euros household charge has said he expects a rapid increase in the number of people paying it before the end of the month.

Paul McSweeney, of the Local Government Management Agency, said he had no fears about the ability of systems put in place to cope with a surge in payments.

So far, over 260,000 households of the 1.6m liable have paid the charge.

The Irish government has said that there will be no extension to the deadline which is 12 days away.

Independent TD Mick Wallace, who opposes the introduction of the charge, told RTE he believed the government was underestimating the public anger on the issue.