Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on his fellow County Councillors to boycott a meeting with Irish Water representatives scheduled for next week in Carrick-On-Shannon.
Representatives from the protest group ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ have asked Donegal County Councillors not to attend a briefing session with Irish Water.
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig believes it is an insult to both the people and their public representatives that the company will not come to the county.
Irish Water representatives refused to travel to Donegal for the briefing, and instead scheduled the meeting for Carrick-On-Shannon.
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig told Donegal Daily, “Councillors requested a meeting with Irish Water a year ago but they have been unwilling to come to Donegal.
“They expect us to travel all the way to Carrick-on-Shannon for a regional briefing with Councillors from other areas.
” It is an insult to the people of the county and their public representatives that they will not come here to meet with us.”
“I will not attend this meeting and I believe other councillors should also boycott it in protest, particularly those who were prepared to bring down the Council over this very issue.
“Fianna Fail and others were very vocal on the failure of Irish Water to meet with the council.
“Now that the people are rising up against water charges, with up to 1 million households not returning their registration forms, it is time for those councillors to stand with the people in sending a strong message to Irish Water.
“Not attending the briefing session is the best way to send that message.
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said he wants to send a message to Irish Water that he’s standing with the people of Donegal against the impending charges.
“The only message I want to give Irish Water is that I will not pay their charges and I am part of the movement to build a massive boycott of tens of thousands of people in Donegal who will do likewise.
“We will never accept their charges and we will never accept privatisation by stealth of our water service.
“I believe my time will be more effectively spent building for the protesst on November 1st, rather than being dragged to Carrick-on-Shannon to listen to PR and spin from Irish Water.”