Surge in anti-water charge support

A show of hands as the meeting is asked if it supports the abolition of water charges
A show of hands as the meeting is asked if it supports the abolition of water charges

There was “standing room only” at a public anti-water charges meeting held in Inishowen on Friday night.

Scores of people from across the peninsula packed into the Plaza in Buncrana for the event, held just days after the Government announced revised water charge measures.

They expressed their concerns at the proposed charges, with many committing to attend forthcoming protests.

One of those protests, organised by Right 2 Water Carndonagh, will be held this Saturday in Carndonagh.

Additionally, yesterday Donegal County Councillors passed a motion submitted by Inishowen councillor Jack Murray, which called upon the council not to disclose tenant details to Irish Water.

Saturday’s protest is expected to be strongly attended and Sinead Stewart, of the Inishowen Against Water Charges group, which organised Friday night’s meeting, urged everyone to attend.

She said the peninsula’s strength of feeling against the charges was made known.

“People are fed up with the fact the Government keep changing the goalposts. The mood at the meeting reflected how people are completely ticked off.

“What was also very obvious was that many are very informed about this issue.”

Sinead said that many of those at the meeting “weren’t buying” the new plans announced by the Government last week.

She added that she believed these measures have encouraged more people to stand up and call for the complete abolition of the charges.

She said: “There’s a lot of anger out there, but there’s a good humoured nature surrounding it and it’s that which spurs people into action. They are angry they are being asked to pay - again - and there is deep concern over privatisation.”

Saturday’s protest in Carndonagh, which is being held on November 29th - the new deadline for Irish Water registration - will call for the abolition of the charges. Organised by Right2Water Inishowen it begins at Carndonagh Public Services Centre at 2pm, going up Bridge Street to the Diamond.

Both groups are organising buses to the Dublin protest on December 10th.

To book, contact either group viatheir facebook pages. Limited seats are left.