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Government have underestimated Irish Water protestors at their peril - McDonald

29 August, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD spoke today at the Right2Water mass rally, highlighting the government’s mistake in underestimating the strength of opposition against Irish Water.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Irish Water has been one fiasco after the other. It is going nowhere. Protesters, citizens like you and me, are going nowhere too. And this government thought with their ‘conservation grant’ and their heavy-handed legislation, that they could purchase half of us, and intimidate the other half. The fool, the fools, the fools - they have underestimated us, you and me, at their peril. Because now is our time, now is our moment. This is our country. This is our republic in the making. And we will not tolerate their arrogant, bully boy politics any longer. 

“This movement rests, in the first place, on the shoulders of every woman and man, every community that has stood up to be counted, well done - every single one of you. And we’re nearly there. The journey is nearly over. And when the next election comes - and I hope it’s sooner rather than later - let no-one be in any doubt that our demand will be an end to water charges and Irish Water and the beginning of a society based on decency, equality, fairness and full citizenship for every single one of us. That means a room over every citizens head. That means decent work. That means decent opportunities and fair taxation. 

“When Enda Kenny and Joan Burton and the others tell us that that is pie in the sky, that that can’t be done, well we say to them with one voice - just because you won’t do it, because you don’t have the heart or the gut or the conscience to do it, to do things the right way - don’t imagine that we’re all cut from the same cloth. Because when we say fairness, when we say a fair recovery, equality, an end to water charges and Irish Water - we mean it and we will deliver on it.”

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