Over 100,000 expected at Right2Water day of action -Cllr. Daithi Doolan
Sinn Féin Cllr. Daithi Doolan has predicted, "Over 100,000 people will join the Right2Water day of action this Saturday."
Speaking ahead of this morning’s Right2Water launch, Doolan said:
"October 11th was a turning point for the anti-water charges campaign. We had 100,000 people on the streets of Dublin. We marched to demand that this government should scrap its water charges. The march's success has given confidence to people and their communities the length and breadth of this state. The government are on the ropes and are punch drunk on this issue."
"This Saturday marks the next level of our campaign. Right2Water urged people to organise a day of action in their cities; towns and villages. We are delighted at the response. We aim to put maximum pressure on government TDs in their own constituencies. We are confident we will have a total of over 100,000 people at these events. So far we have nearly 60 events happening from Donegal to Cork, Ballinasloe to Ballyfermot. Numbers will be from thousands to 10,000 at these different events. But one thing is for sure we are a lot nearer to scraping the water charges today than when we started the Right2Water campaign in August."
"Sinn Féin is happy to play a central and active role in this genuine, broad, citizen-based campaign. We will continue to work with others until this government sees sense and rubbishes this outrageous charge. If Fine Gael and the Labour Party refuse to yield then we will make water charges the number one issue in the forthcoming general election."
"Let me be clear, if Sinn Féin receives a sufficient mandate to put us in government after the next general election we will scrap the water charges. Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy did it in the North in 2007 when he was the Assembly minister and we intend to do the same down here.”
"Sinn Féin encourages people and their families to turn out in their thousands this Saturday. Join your local Right2Water protest and bring the scrapping of water charges even nearer."