Water charges battle

Joe Higgins TD on new legislation and water charges

“Householders who refuse to pay water bills will have charges deducted from wages or dole”, screamed the Irish Independent in early May in response, no doubt, to a behind the scenes briefing from Government officials. We are getting used to these types of headlines. In March, the Irish Times told us: “Irish Water may deduct unpaid bills from wages and ...

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Water charges: Why non-payment is essential

By Kevin McLoughlin “If you fight you might lose, if you don’t you have already lost.” It is meaningless to oppose to the water charges, but then to pay them. Your “protest” will be ignored and the government will have successfully robbed you of more of your money, and you will have made it easy for them. Refuse to pay ...

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Boycotting water charges – “not the Sinn Féin position”

By Laura Fitzgerald When Anti Austerity Alliance and Socialist Party TDs proposed a motion in the Dáil for a massive boycott to force the abolition of water charges, this is how Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, responded: “[T]he motion also calls for a boycott of water charge bills by householders. This is not the Sinn Féin position. We will support ...

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Profiteering from an essential element of life

By Joe Higgins TD Put the words “profiting from Water” into any internet search engine and hundreds of sites immediately present themselves. Business media like Bloomberg and Forbes and countless “investment analysts” purport to advise the reader on how the most essential element of life on the planet can be a source of lucrative profits for capitalist investors big and ...

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Bin Your Bills Protest- April 18th

·          Bin Your Bills Protest– Dozens of campaigns committed to boycott launch major demo for April 18th ·         Non-Payment Network Appeal campaign groups, community groups & activists to get posters & leaflets into every ‘city, town, village & rural area’ in the country Speaking at a press conference outside Irish Water to launch the non-payment protest on April 18th Paul ...

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No jailings, No arrests…. End political policing!

By Cllr. Michael O’Brien Sharp lessons have been learnt by anti-water charges campaigners in the course of the last six months about the role of the repressive arm of the state (Gardai, judiciary and prisons) when it comes to curbing effective protest tactics like blockading ministerial cars and preventing meter installation. One law for the working class… For many people ...

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