As the government, the EU and the IMF  plan to introduce water taxes in Ireland they are set to face widespread opposition from the public.  This is by no means the first time such taxes have attempted to be introduced. In the 1990’s the government gave up similar attempts after widespread opposition. Resistance to such taxes however stretches back to the 13th century.

In 1244 Maurice Fitz Gerald, Justiciary of Ireland, commanded

“the Sheriff of Dublin, without delay, by twelve free and lawful men of his county, to make inquisition, with advice of the Mayor and citizens, as to whence water can he best and most conveniently taken from its course and conducted to tlie King’s city of Dublin, for the benefit of the city, and at the cost of the citizens, who have undertaken to pay the amount.”

It would seem medieval Dubliners were as reticent as their modern counterparts to pay as the authorities expected resistance

“Any who oppose are to be suppressed by force and to be attached to appear before the Justiciary at the next Assizes. Those who resist are to be arrested and held till further mandate. “

Looks like Phil Hogan will be the latest victim of this 8 century old tradition?

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