Donegal Can’t Pay Won’t Pay have called for protests groups around the county supporting a boycott of water charges to come together and co-ordinate protests in advance of the start of billing by Irish Water next month.
Spokesperson Liam Whyte said with the arrival of bills only weeks away, it is vital that we can convince as many people as possible not to pay.
“Can’t Pay Won’t Pay will be explaining to people that if we can build a strong boycott of payment, then Irish Water will be finished as they simply will not be able to pursue payment from so many people. We want people to realise that the only penalty for not payment will only be added to your bill after 12 months of non-payment, by which time this government will be finished.”
“We are marking the introduction of billing with a public meeting on April 1st in Letterkenny on the day billing begins and to maximise the effectiveness of the campaign we are asking all groups in Donegal who are in support of a boycott to attend the meeting. We are building towards a major ‘Bin the Bills’ demonstration in Letterkenny on April 25th. We will begin distribution of a four-page newsletter in the coming days to counter the propaganda from Irish Water.”
He added they believe that they can defeat water charges but only if people have the confidence to withhold payment.
“We intend to build that confidence to ensure that people know there is a strong support network to sustain the campaign until water charges are defeated.”
The public meeting takes place in the Station House Hotel Letterkenny on Wednesday April 1st at 8pm. The ‘Bin the Bills’ demonstration will take place on Saturday April 25th in Letterkenny.