A protest march against water charges will take place in Dungloe this Saturday.
Brigid O’Donnell from Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, who attended last week’s large protest in Dublin, has called on the people of the area to come out and show that they will not accept water charges in any form.
“Quite a few of us from the area went up to Dublin last week and were part of the huge movement which brought the city centre to a standstill”, she said.
“We wanted to keep the momentum going, so when we got back we decided to organise a local protest. There hasn’t been a protest in Dungloe yet, so we wanted to give the people of the area a chance to have their say. Whether in Dublin or Dungloe our message is clear: we will not accept water charges and we will not pay them.”
She added that her own area has been very badly hit by the years of austerity.
“These charges will only take more money out of the local economy and makes things worse. The time has come to stand up and tell the government we cannot give any more. No one has been fooled by their recent climbdown and we well know that If we allow the charges to come in, they will only be increased in future years.”
“In January they will begin charging again and we must be prepared to show that we are very serious in our intention to boycott the charges. That is why I am calling on people to support the protest on Saturday. I know it is close to Christmas and it’s a very busy time of year for everyone, but I think people will support what we are trying to do. It will only take an hour or so of your time and will be well worth it if it contributes to getting rid of water charges. ”
She is also asking people to bring their placards and their SANTA HAT if you have one!
The protest starts at 1pm and the organisers say that in keeping with all Can’t Pay Won’t Pay events, only non-party political placards and banners are welcome.