Dubliners give their reaction to the introduction of the Turnover Tax.

Despite protests and opposition throughout 1963, the Turnover Tax comes into force on 1 November 1963. People interviewed on the streets of Dublin are immediately feeling its effect. One woman noticed a pound of meat had gone up by three pence and the price of two pounds of sugar had risen by a penny.

I think that the Turnover Tax is disgraceful.

Another woman feels the tax is fair and considers an extra two pence for a pound of most foodstuffs is manageable. A young woman has yet to feel the pinch, but with a family of children she is just relieved to know the price of milk has not increased.

One man interviewed thinks that if people are constantly taxed there will come a time that nobody will be able to pay. Whereas another man feels people will soon get used to the tax as two and a half percent is a very small increase. Another man agrees with this, saying things will settle down and competition will keep prices low.

A small boy who has just bought a puppy for a pound has no idea whether he paid Turnover Tax or not.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 November 1963. The reporter is Anne Binchy.