Tag Archives: Water Charges

ICTU must back non-payment

By Stephen Boyd ICTU’s biennial conference passed a motion opposing the implementation of water charges. However, this decision was opposed by the leaderships of two of the biggest unions, SIPTU and IMPACT. O’Connor parrots FG / LP propaganda SIPTU president and leading Labour Party member, Jack O’Connor once again showed how removed he is from the reality of the lives ...

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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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Bolivia, April 2000: Uprising defeats water privatisation

By Manus Lenihan “I want to denounce the subversive attitude [which is] absolutely politically financed by narcotraffickers, who aim to destabilize the constitutional democratically elected government.” These words were spoken in response to water charge protests, but they did not come from the mouth of some Fine Gael backbencher or posh journalist. Irish anti-water charge protesters have been compared to ...

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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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Jailings of anti-water charges protesters: A disgrace!

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and ...

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Lies & distortions against community protests, the AAA & the Socialist Party but Government & Water Charges completely undermined

A week can be a very long time in politics. On Saturday 15 November, following an anti-water charges protest in Jobstown, Tallaght, where Tánaiste Joan Burton was delayed in a car for two and a half hours, the entire media, government and establishment went into overdrive. They cast the community, the AAA and the Socialist Party, and Paul Murphy in particular, as being a ...

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Stunning by-election victory: a blow against water charges

It will be a day that's remembered for years to come in Ireland, 12 October 2014. An estimated 100,000 marched in Dublin against the hated Water Charges and Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA) candidate, won a By-Election by leading the call for a mass campaign of non-payment and active resistance to this double tax.

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