In light of recent plans for the introduction of water rates in 2015, we take a look back 30 years when rates were yet again headline news.

'Today Tonight' looked at a proposed introduction of local service charges including water rates and waste charges. A group of Ballyfermot residents spoke about their intention not to pay any new taxes which they feel are being unfairly introduced.

One of the main concerns expressed both then and now relates to the control of the amount of water rates. Protesters are looking for confirmation from the government that rates won't double each year.

This report from 'Today Tonight' was broadcast on 18 April, 1984.

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