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Demand your right to water this Saturday - Jonathan O’Brien TD

24 August, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien has called on people from all communities across the state to “come out and demand their right to water” next Saturday in Dublin.

Deputy O’Brien urged al those opposed to water charges and Irish water to make the trip to Dublin. He said that people could deliver a very loud message to the Fine Gael and the Labour Party government by attending the Right2Water National Demonstration.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“It is clear that the majority of people throughout this state are opposed to water charges and Irish Water. However, we need to match that level of opposition with feet on the streets next Saturday in Dublin. I am urging people from all communities across the state to come out and demand their right to water.

“We have an opportunity to send this government the loudest message yet that the opposition and resistance to water charges is as strong as ever. It hasn’t gone anyway and it won’t go away until the charges are scrapped and Irish Water is abolished.

“We now see residents of communities throughout Cork City blocking Irish Water from entering their neighbourhoods to install water meters. From Leesdale and Curraheen to Togher and Glanmire, residents have joined together to protest against what is a failed government policy. The government should listen to these communities and reverse its position.

“The establishment of Irish Water and the imposition of water charges has been a fiasco from the start. People in these communities are standing up and saying enough is enough.

“Sinn Féin believes that the right to water is one of the most basic of human rights. We are committed to abolishing water charges and Irish Water.

“I am calling on everybody to make the journey to Dublin on Saturday and join what will be powerful, peaceful and vibrant demonstration.”

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