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Daniel Wymbs from Cliffoney who protested for hours outside his home last week

Daniel Wymbs from Cliffoney who protested for hours outside his home last week

Daniel Wymbs from Cliffoney who protested for hours outside his home last week

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Residents in Cranmore who were demonstrating against the water charges were told that they won't be getting meters if they don't want them.

A group of around 15 people took to the streets to protest on Thursday afternoon.

Among the group was councillor, Seamus O'Boyle, from the People Before Profit Alliance.

He said: "The gardai were at the protest, but there were no problems.

"Irish Water came to an agreement with resident groups that if anyone doesn't want meters, they won't be getting them."

He added that it was a relief for residents.

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"There is a lot of community spirit in Cranmore and the vast majority don't want these meters.

Nigel Gallagher, another of the protestors, said: "Residents were happy that their resistance paid off.

"We hope that this will have a knock on effect on other areas if other people follow suit. It shows what can be done.

"So many families are living in poverty and cannot pay more."

There were further demonstrations in Skreen on Thursday.

Daniel Wymbs from Cliffoney spent days protesting outside his home.

He underwent surgery recently and is using crutches.

He said: "I was never informed by letter that Irish Water was coming.

"They blocked my driveway off.

"I was protesting for most of the week.

"I got a lot of support from neighbours and also people that didn't know me.

"It wasn't easy as I was in pain too," he added.


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