Dublin Sinn Féin women lead protest against water charges during Taoiseach visit to City Hall- Cllr Denise Mitchell
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors Denise Mitchell, Janice Boylan, Emma Murphy, Criona Ní Dhálaigh and Cathleen Carney Boud stood in solidarity with a group of local women today outside Dublin City Hall in a peaceful protest against government plans to introduce domestic water charges.
Speaking today outside city hall Cllr. Mitchell said:
"Every day the women in my area are protesting peacefully against the installation of water metres. The Sinn Féin women on the council are standing in solidarity today with these local women. The government claims it is listening to the people on this issue, it's clear it either has selective hearing or just don't get the message.
The people I represent have suffered for the last seven years due to this government's austerity measures. The TDs in my constituency such as Richard Bruton and Aodhan Ó'Riordan have supported such measures even though it has meant the devastation of working class communities and families in the area.
The message we have for this government is simple; no to water charges. Citizens simply can't afford to pay. If the government believes it is truly listening to the people then it should abolish this unfair charge immediately.”