Thousands took part in protest at the Government’s plans to introduce water charges. Letterkenny in Donegal saw one of the larger protests.

Paula Geraghty Ireland, CWU, Mandate, Unite,

Thousands took to the streets of Letterkenny, Co Donegal to protest the introduction of water charges.

Local activists or “Water Warriors”  described how they had been chasing those installing water meters out of people’s estates with success.  Even though the irish government have come out saying they’ve listened to people protesting and have made the changes needed, Bridget Dillon said that she and many others could not afford to pay the charges. Poet Andrew Galvin in a performance articulated the frustration of many in the political system whereby politicians instead of actually representing people are seen to be fast tracking their careers.

Thousands protest water charges in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 31/01/2015 © Paula Geraghty

Thousands protest water charges in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 31/01/2015 © Paula Geraghty

Moira Boyle observed that large corporations were buying up resources and it was frightening. Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty said the only thing theis government would be getting is their P45s come the next election.

Thousands protest water charges in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 31/01/2015 © Paula Geraghty

Thousands protest water charges in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 31/01/2015 © Paula Geraghty

Can’t Pay Won’t Pay activist, Simon McElroy said that the main thing was to boycott the charge. Irish Water won’t have customers if people don’t pay, he added.

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