GOVERNMENT “ON THE RUN” ON WATER CHARGES, OGLE TELLS MONAGHAN MEETING

6 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CALLS ON PUBLIC TO ENSURE MAXIMUM TURNOUT AT DUBLIN 

By MICHAEL McDONNELL michael@northern-standard.ie

IN A comprehensive and sweeping speech delivered at Monday night’s ‘Right2Water’ public meeting in Monaghan’s Four Seasons Hotel, a clearly impassioned and committed Brendan Ogle, the well-known trade union activist, called on as many people as possible to attend the massive anti-water charges rally taking place in Dublin next Wednesday, 10th December — after assuring his audience that the Government was “on the run” on this issue and might be only “one or two major pushes away” from abolishing its plans to make people pay for water.

The meeting, which was organised by the Right2Water campaign and chaired by Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, was attended by a small but determined gathering of up on 100 people whose palpable anger at the proposed charges was evident in the various contributions voiced during the questions and answers session at the end.

Throughout his no-holds-barred address, which was hailed as “very inspirational” by Deputy Ó Caoláin, Mr Ogle had called on left-leaning politicians, activists and groupings to set aside any differences they had and concentrate on facing the Government down on this one issue. He also placed an emphasis on how the IMF had a record of allegedly insisting on taking over water utilities in countries it was lending money to, and that this why bodies like it and the ECB had insisted on the establishment of Irish Water.

It was for this reason also, the outspoken and often controversial former ESB workers’ and rail workers’ union representative insisted, that the Government was not in a position to allow a constitutional referendum, such as that proposed by Sinn Féin, to ensure the utility would never be privatised.

Joining Deputy Ó Caoláin and Mr Ogle on the top table was Aoife O’Connell of the ‘County Monaghan Says No to Water Charges’ campaign, who focused on the what she called the need to provide “clear, accurate information” to the public on ….

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