The board overseeing the running of the household charge has said more than 700 payments have been made since its introduction on January 1.

The charge of €100 was announced in the Budget and must be paid before the end of March.

An online system - www.householdcharge.ie - has been set up allowing home owners to register their households and to make payment with a credit or debit card.

Payment can also be made by cheque, postal order or at local authority offices.

The Government says the household charge is an interim measure and that a comprehensive and equitable valuation-based property tax will be introduced in about a year's time.

Not everyone is obliged to pay - those living in local authority housing, on ghost estates or those who are on mortgage interest supplement are exempt.

Speaking on RTE today, Jackie Maguire, chairwoman of the household charge project, said the government would put facilities in place to track people down who have not paid.

The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes called on people not to pay the charge.

It will hold an open meeting on January 14th at the Teacher's Club on  Parnell Square.

"Government policy is to broaden the tax base. What they really mean is bra