Campaign against water charges going from strength to strength - Boylan
Speaking at the Right2Water Rally in Dublin today Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that the campaign will not stop until water charges are scrapped and Irish Water is abolished.
The Dublin MEP said;
“This government believes that the anti-water charges campaign is dying. That we are on our last legs. Well today we have sent them a message. This campaign is going from strength to strength. We are on the march. And we will not stop until water charges are scrapped and Irish Water is abolished.
“Sinn Féin warned the Government that Irish Water was nothing more than a toxic quango.
“The citizens of Ireland in their hundreds of thousands told Alan Kelly that they cannot and they will not pay.
“Europe has warned the Government that their back of the envelope calculations do not stack up.
“How do they respond?
“By jailing protestors and spending €650,000 on a new ad campaign; not to mention wasting over €85m on private consultants, €539m wasted on water meters. Hundreds of Garda hours wasted on policing the ill-fated installation of water meters.
“Who do they expect to pay for this, they want us to pay. Yet the question remains how do they expect people who cannot afford to keep the roof over their head, people who are struggling to put food on the table or to keep their children warm at night; how do they expect these people to come up with the money?
“These families simply cannot take anymore. The Government is pushing people over the edge.
“The lengths that this Government will go, to defend their precious Uisce Éireann is astounding.
“Local Authorities have begun the process of handing over the details of tenants. Landlords are being forced to do the same.
“For Sinn Féin this is a red line issue. Let this message go out loud and clear. Water Charges and Irish Water must be consigned to the dustbin of history.”