I often find people who refuse to complete the census do so on rather weak grounds, but in this case I think it was an honorable exception highlighting a real and growing problem, and, if nothing else, will aid in highlighting the work she and other volunteers in Meath are doing.A Co Meath charity worker who refused to fill in her census form because she was out helping the homeless has been convicted by the courts.
Ashling Lowe, of Mornington Way in Trim, was given eight months to pay a fine of 150 after she was convicted for failing to provide the information on the Census of population form in April 2016.
The CSO do claim that they record homeless people in the census, and from a quick search the numbers in the article seem to stack up against other sources.
I think it was fair that she, and others, were fined for not completing the census, as an accurate tally is very important for planning and research.Ms Lowe says she is considering appealing her conviction but not the fine, which she hopes will be given to a homeless charity of the judges choice.
Some more information on her charity work can be found here:
- Meath Chronicle - Trim woman sets up new food bank to help struggling families