Big Irish anti-water charges protests

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Right2Change Pre-Election Protest 20/02/2016 Dublin City Centre. Ireland

22 February 2016

They came from all over Ireland to take to the streets one week before the general election to show the government we will not stand for it any more we have a right2change and want a fair and equal society for all.

Another video from Ireland used to say about itself:

Right2Change Anti Water Charges Protest

23 January 2016

Dublin 7 and Dublin 8 communities join others at the GPO to continue protests against Ireland’s water taxes.

By James Tweedie:

Republic‘s streets flooded with water charge protesters

Monday 25th January 2016

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets across Ireland on Saturday in protest against austerity-driven charges for water.

Trade unionists and opposition politicians led the largest rally, in central Dublin, to demand that publicly owned Irish Water scrap the fees for previously free tap water.

The Right2Water campaign is made up of political parties, six major trade unions and community groups.

Trade unions in Northern Ireland have also given their support.

The charges would force households to pay for 80 per cent of Ireland’s water bill, even though 90 per cent of the supply is used by industry and agriculture.

Taoiseach (PM) Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael government is pushing ahead with the charges despite the mass opposition.

Unite union and Right2Water spokesman Brendan Ogle denounced the “gombeen (spiv) parties” of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour who have ruled the country since independence.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) anti-sectarian campaign Trademark worker Dr Stephen Nolan hit out at Tanaiste (deputy PM) Joan Burton, who last week dismissed Right2Water’s arguments as “redundant.”

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Tánaiste Joan Burton falls into the flood water

Co. Kilkenny, New Year’s Eve 2015

A YouTube commenter writes on this:

Absolutely hysterical, good enough for her, Divine intervention right there. Now that’s what I call the real Irish water.

The James Tweedie article continues:

He said: “She better get used to that word because that’s what she will be in a few weeks, redundant.

“Our argument is not redundant because that debt [from the country’s bank bailout] is still with us even though it’s not our debt — €60 billion (£45bn) of a stake, the last €5bn (£3.8bn) of which won’t be paid until 2053, by our grandchildren.”

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, whose party opposes the charges, warned the government it was wrong it if thought it had got away with “water charges, [a] family home tax and cutbacks.”

“Water is a human right,” Ms McDonald declared, promising that any future Sinn Fein-led coalition government would “abolish water charges for good and for all.”

At a demonstration in Dundalk, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said: “Sinn Fein stopped the imposition of water charges in the North and in government in this state we will scrap them here also. “Fine Gael and Labour continue to underestimate the level of public anger over this issue,” he said. He also vowed to dismantle Irish Water and replace it with “a new model of governance, funding and delivery that is accountable” to parliament.

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  3. Monday 19th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TENS of thousands of Right2Water protesters marched through Dublin at the weekend in a national demonstration against water charges.

    They demanded a referendum to enshrine ownership of water in the hands of the Irish public, chanting: “Enda Kenny, not a penny” and “No way, we won’t pay.”

    Legislation to allow suspension of water charges for nine months was passed in June.

    The deal agreed by the Fine Gael-Fianna Fail ruling coalition parties in May recommended that the Irish Water facility be retained and an external advisory board set up on a statutory basis to look at its operations.

    However, Right2Water has said that it has no faith in an expert panel set up by government to examine water charges.

    Right2Water co-ordinator David Gibney said that people were frustrated that “70 per cent of TDs who were returned to the Dail this time around are against water charges, yet Fine Gael and the government have managed to prolong the debate.”


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