BY OWEN CURRAN: The growing tide of opposition in recent weeks topped of by Saturday’s massive demonstration, and by the election of Anti-Austerity Alliance Candidate Paul Murphy in Dublin South West and Michael Fitzmaurice an anti austerity independent in Roscommon/South Leitrim shows that the Government parties have underestimated the anger and determination among people to fight the water charges.
Putting aside Irish Water spin- the reality is bills in excess of 500 euro a year for most families. Many people will simply not be able to afford the water tax.
However without an organized campaign they will be left isolated in their act of non payment. We have to build non payment into a part of something big and organized. This is how the water charges were beaten in the 1990’s.
A Campaign that can be sustained through 2015 and right up to a general election , responding to any threat of court action or to people’s water supply. That sort of campaign will put all parties under massive pressure to abolish this unjust charge.
Saturday’s demonstration was uplifting , but it cannot just be a one off.
That is why that campaign groups throughout the country including Donegal are now organizing for local demonstrations on Saturday November the 1st.
If anyone wants to discuss further how we build the type of campaign that will lead to the eventual abolition of Water Charges join us on Friday 17th of October in Ostan Loch Altan @8 p.m. where Mick Murphy of the Anti Austerity Alliance and a veteran of the successful anti -water charges campaign in the 1990 ‘s will lead the discussion.
For Contact and Information : Owen Curran 0863122784