Sunday 21 April 2019

Water charges protesters gather outside County Hall

AS momentum builds to the major water charges protest planned for outside the Dáil on Wednesday, local opponents of the charges held a protest outside the monthly meeting of Fingal County Council at County Hall.

A large contingent from the thousands of Fingal citizens seen spilling onto the streets of our major towns in the last couple of months, are expected to join a giant protest against the charges outside the Dáil on Wednesday, December 10.

To kick off a week of protest against the controversial water charges, local protesters gathered outside County Hall in Swords on Monday afternoon, where councillors were arriving for their monthly meeting.

Cllr Barry Martin (PBP), has been one of the leading local campaigners against working charges and he told the Fingal Independent that the County Hall protest was about 'keeping up the pressure on local councillors' to oppose water charges.

He said that other councils around the country had formally passed motions against water charges but efforts to do the same had been frustrated at Fingal County Council.

The County Hall protest kicked off a week of events against the water charges. Two days after the national day of protest at the Dáil, local water charge protest groups will host a special event in the Milestone in Balbriggan at 2pm on Friday, December 12.

Fingal Right2Water and Balbriggan Against the Water Charges and Deputy Clare Daly TD are inviting locals to lunch with the Detroit Water Brigade, a group of activists from the USA who campaign against water shut-offs.

The group say families in Detroit have had their water shut off because of inability to pay the bills and water bills have risen 119% in ten years.

Fingal Independent