Taoiseach Enda Kenny has used his opening address at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis to appeal to people to pay their household charge.

Mr Kenny thanked those who have already paid and urged those who have not, to register by tomorrow's midnight deadline and thereby abide by the law of the land.

He said it was necessary to introduce a property based tax as it was less harmful on jobs and investment.

The latest figures on payments of the Household Charge show that 621,000 households had paid or registered by 5pm today.

1.6m households are liable for the €100 charge. The Government has said it will not be extending the deadline.

It has also emerged that the vast majority of transactions in relation to the charge have been taking place online.

The Local Government Management Agency is expecting a large volume of postal replies in the days ahead.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, LGMA CEO Paul McSweeney said that so far 83% of payments had been made online and just 17% by post.

A small demonstration against the charge was held by the anti-Household Charge campaign at the LGMA office in Dublin. Fewer than 15 people were involved.