In a statement the group says it is the biggest movement fighting on the water issue.
“The campaign has been responsible for the recent mass-mobilisations of people that are un-paralleled .
“Already numbers are way ahead of any mobilisation that the Campaign against the Household/Property Tax could muster, for example, the biggest mobilisation during that campaign in Donegal was 2,500 approx. in Letterkenny,Right2Water had up to 10,000 in the same location last November.
“We believe that many people have already made up their minds not to pay , and many more are opposed to water charges but may need to be convinced of the need for non-payment as a key tactic. Anyone who pays in our opinion ,will not because they all want to, but will out of fear or because they feel they have no choice.- we need to allow these people to remain part of a campaign as well.
“This is where local groups actively organizing to address peoples doubts and helping to give them confidence to sustain non-payment will play an important role, remember sustaining non-payment in recent campaigns has been difficult.”
The statement says those of us who have been active in Right2Water in Donegal understand that non-payment is seen by many who attended their meetings and joined in the huge Right2Water protests as an important next step in the struggle against water charges.
However, the tactic of non-payment will not succeed unless it is combined with protests , genuine political pressure and by getting as many people involved in their own areas both as activists but also as organizers, it adds.
“We don’t see it as a contradiction to be part of the broader Right2Water movement and to work to build and sustain non-payment.
“Right2Water Donegal are asking any groups or individuals interested in discussing how we can sustain non-payment as part of our campaign, as least up until the election when any new government has a chance to abolish water charges to contact us at 0863122784. We will be happy to meet on this issue to begin a deeper debate on how we can work together on this.”
Members of Right2Water in Donegal will also be attending a meeting in The Teachers Club , Dublin on the 10th of Jan organized by Paul Murphy T.D. One of the aims of the meeting is to pull together groups from through-out the state interested in co-operation of non-payment groups.
Right2Water say they will also be organising local meetings over the next few weeks , and a protest in Letterkenny on Jan 31st to concide with the Water Charge registration deadline.