19 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The anti-water charges movement Right2Water have called for a National Day of Action this coming Saturday February 20 assembling at 2 pm in Parnell Square, Dublin.

Following on from a series of local and national mobilisations held over the past year, organisers are intent on ensuring the controversial water charges issue becomes a focal point for discussion over the remaining days of the General Election campaign.

Sinn Féin councillor Seán Conlon, local co-ordinator with Right2Water stated:

“Saturday’s event is a continuation in a series of anti-water tax rallies held locally and nationally since the Fine Gael/Labour government imposed this controversial stealth tax. Despite the combined chicanery and gimmicks of government ministers, and their lackeys in Irish Water serving the interests of the corporate elite, efforts aimed at wrestling payments from austerity weary households have faltered as hundreds of thousands of households have vehemently refused the paying of water charges.

“This coming Saturday will provide another opportunity for people to express their frustration at this Government’s relentless pursuit of adding taxation after taxation upon families already experiencing the hardship of weekly budgets under continuous strain.

“We must stand firm against their efforts in the commoditisation of a natural resource. If we abandon the ongoing momentum of resistance in seeking the abolition of domestic water charges, we abandon it for our future generations who in turn will be at the mercy of private marketeers and speculators motivated only by personal gain.”

Colr Conlon concluded by encouraging a large Co Monaghan turnout for this national rally stating,

“Standing together in solidarity and as a community empowered, we will succeed in ensuring that the provision of water to each and every household is a basic human right for which this, or any future government, has no right to impose water charges.

“Return bus transport is being provided at a nominal fee departing Clones this Saturday at 10:45, with pick up at Monaghan 11:00, Castleblayney 11:15 and Carrickmacross 11:45.”

For further information contact Seán at 087-2936792.


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