Right2Water activists protest at visit of Irish Water's John Tierney
Supporters of the Sligo Right2Water campaign held a protest outside the Radisson Hotel, on Thursday, where Mr John Tierney, the Managing Director of Irish Water was addressing a conference.
Among those participating in the protest were Cllr Declan Bree, Mr Chris MacManus and Mr Gino O'Boyle son of the late Cllr Seamie O'Boyle.
Cllr Bree said the group organised the protest at the 11th hour.
"Irish Water had hoped that John Tierney could have come to Sligo without the anti water charges movement becoming aware of it.
"However, we received a tip off at very short notice and thanks to social media we had a protest organised within a few hours.
"The arrogance and the disrespect for the Irish people in the way Irish Water was set up typifies all that is wrong in this country.
"The fact is we already pay for our water through general taxation, which is progressive and fair and we want it to remain that way.
"Instead of listening to us, the government wants to intimidate and threaten people with attachment orders, but we're not falling for it.
We know there are no penalties until after the general election and in that context we will continue to build and articulate our ideals for a better, fairer Ireland that doesn't put a monetary value on everything," said Cllr Bree.
The Right2Water campaign is a citizens' campaign supported by trade unions and numerous political organisations including in addition to a wide range of community groups.