‘BOB’ drop on Buncrana’s Iron Bridge

  • A banner drop took place at Buncrana’s Iron Bridge
  • The move was a co-ordinated demonstration across the country to protest against water charges
  • A national demonstration will take place in Dublin on August 29th.

A banner drop has taken place at Buncrana’s Iron Bridge in a co-ordinated national international show of solidarity and demonstration against water charges.

Banners Over Bridges (BOB) was held ahead of the Right 2 Water national demonstration in Dublin on August 29th.

Campaigners pictured at the banner drop on Buncrana's Iron Bridge.

Campaigners pictured at the banner drop on Buncrana's Iron Bridge.

Banners were dropped on bridges across the country and in internationally in areas such as Berlin, Ohio and Paris.

A number of Inishowen campaigners gathered at the Buncrana’s Victoria Bridge - known locally as the Iron Bridge - at 8am in the morning.

Sinead Stewart of campaign group Inishowen Against Water Charges said it was “time to ramp the pressure up” in relation to the protest against water charges.

She said: “We can’t take the pressure off now. We’re nearly there but this is not the time to slack.”

We can’t take the pressure off now. We’re nearly there but this is not the time to slack

Sinead Stewart

Campaigner Caroline Kuyper said the banner drop was about raising awareness of their campaign and of the national demonstration.

She said there is a “very strong citizens’ movement,” which has made the government “quake in their boots.”

Caroline said the campaign had moved beyond water charges and people were “connecting the dots about austerity.”

She said: “It isn’t just about water. It’s about homelessness and taxes and health and austerity as a whole.”

Martin Davis urged everyone to attend the demonstration in Dublin, adding that austerity measures had got “out of hand.”

Margo McGrory said she was campaigning against the charges “for the next generation coming up.”

She said all those standing for the forthcoming general election will need to address the issue.

Philip McFadden of Right 2 Water Carndonagh said a referendum should be called in order to enshrine in the constitution that water is a human right.

He said water charges were the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Several buses are being organised to run from Inishowen to the national demonstration. Please contact Sinead Stewart 086 223 3146 to book your seat on the bus leaving Supervalu, Buncrana at 8am. Contact Philip McFadden 086 845 2458 to book your seat on the bus leaving the Diamond Carndonagh at 8am. Advance booking is essential.