Well, today an article in the new York Times says it all in the headline, Half of Irish Homeowners Join Boycott of New Property Tax. The Times quotes an Irish member of the Dail,
“It is quite clear a mass boycott has really sent this government a significant message it didn’t want to hear,” Luke Flanagan, one of the parliamentary deputies leading the opposition to the new household charge, said in an interview on Monday. “When we started this campaign, even 25 percent support translating to several hundred thousand would have been phenomenal, but we estimate over a million people eligible to pay this tax have refused.”It took a while, and of course the powers that be are no help, but at least a significant portion of the Irish have wised up.
I don't mean to be to critical of the people I share DNA with. It is much easier to rebel and win against a foreign occupier than to resist the bureaucracy.