Buncrana Against Irish Water hold vigils

Members of the Buncrana Against Irish Water Group pictured during one of their vigils outside Buncrana Garda Station.
Members of the Buncrana Against Irish Water Group pictured during one of their vigils outside Buncrana Garda Station.
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The Buncrana Against Irish Water held a nightly half-hour vigil outside Buncrana Garda Station for five nights over the past week.

The group undertook the vigil to show their support to the ‘Dublin 5’ water meter objectors - Damien O Neill, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty, Derek Byrne and Paul Moore -who were recently jailed

Spokesperson for the group, James Quigley told the Journal: “In our small way, we wanted to highlight what we regard as an injustice perpetrated on these five people. We also want to show our support for the national campaign against Irish Water and the austerity policies of this Government.”

Mr. Quigley said the group was calling on the Government to “release the innocent ‘Dublin 5 immediately.”

They also called on the Government, Irish Water and An Garda Siochana to meet with the public to discuss a “peaceful way forward.”

Mr Quigley said: “Why do the Government, An Garda Siochana and the media dwell on violence and negativity while on the ground we have the success story of the community in Moneymore, Drogheda. Instead the government has gone down the road of confrontation using all the means at their disposal to portray us as violent law breakers.Buncrana Against Irish Water are not law breakers. We are ordinary residents who believe in our constitutional right of peaceful assembly, our right to express freely our convictions and opinions, our right that the state by its laws will defend our personal rights as citizens and our right that our dwelling is inviolable and shall not be forcibly entered.