Carrick water charges petition presented to Senator Landy

Carrick-on-Suir Right2Water Campaign members handed over a petition signed by more than 2000 local people opposed to water charges to Labour Senator Denis Landy last Friday.

Carrick-on-Suir Right2Water Campaign members handed over a petition signed by more than 2000 local people opposed to water charges to Labour Senator Denis Landy last Friday.

The anti-water charges campaign group also staged a silent protest for half an hour outside the Senator’s constituency office on New Street when they presented the petition to him.

The petition that was gathered over a period of two months was presented to Senator Landy by two members of the Right2Water campaign.

On behalf of the Right2Water group, Sinn Fein Cllr. David Dunne thanked Senator Landy for accepting the petition’.

Senator Landy was asked by The Nationalist’s Carrick-on-Suir correspondent to comment and he was happy to do so.

“I always respect peaceful protests,” he said. “The group indicated that they wished to hand over the petition to me and I am happy to accept that.

“However the decision by Government to re-examine and confirm a reduction in the cost of water to a very modest charge, I believe, is a reasonable and responsible outcome to the ongoing debate.

“On top of that, it has been made clear that those in difficulty with paying the reduced rate, will be helped to meet this cost,” he added.

Members of Carrick-on-Suir’s Right2Water campaign travelled to Dublin today (Wednesday) to take part in a national anti-water charges protest in the city centre.