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Lynn Boylan MEP to highlight Dublin's massive 'Right to Water' march in Europe

13 October, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Following her appointment as author of the "European Citizens' Initiative Right to Water" report, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has promised to make fellow MEPs and the European Commission aware of Saturday’s protest march in Dublin and to make note of it in her report.

Speaking in Brussels Dublin’s MEP said:

"Now that I have settled into my role as author of the Right to Water report I am aware that part of my role involves consulting with those who will be directly affected by the report.

"I was in Dublin on Saturday to take part in the Right to Water protest march and to see 100,000 people from all parts of Ireland come together to seek a reversal of the water charges was inspiring. Europe must be made aware of these people’s voices through my Right to Water report.

“I can promise those who took part in Saturday’s march that I will be bringing their message back to Europe. The European Commission has already received the European Citizens Initiative on the Right to Water, which contained 2 million signatures, and I will now ensure that the Commission is made aware of the massive crowds protesting in Dublin.

“People’s voices for the Right to Water are growing louder and louder throughout Europe. Ireland is now centre stage after Saturday’s protest. We must continue to ensure we remain centre stage and challenge the water charges which were born out of the austerity programme enforced on us from Europe with the compliance of consecutive Irish governments.”

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