Anti-water charges protest planned for Clonmel

A public meeting opposing the controversial water charges held in the Nano Nagle Community Centre in Carrick-on-Suir on Monday 6th October was well attended.
Anti-water charges campaigners will stage a demonstration in Clonmel town centre on Saturday, October 18 that will culminate in a symbolic tearing up of Irish Water registration forms outside the Town Hall.

Anti-water charges campaigners will stage a demonstration in Clonmel town centre on Saturday, October 18 that will culminate in a symbolic tearing up of Irish Water registration forms outside the Town Hall.

The protest is being organised by the Clonmel Against Water Charges Campaign and one of the organisers Anne Condon has appealed to all householders in the town and county opposed to the controversial tax to take part.

The march will start at the Main Guard at 12 noon and will finish at the Town Hall.

“Anyone who is against the water charges even if they have sent back their form to Irish Water and subsequently changed their mind are welcome to come along and show their dissatisfaction with how they are being treated by the Government,” said Ms Condon.

She was among the campaigners at an anti-water charges public meeting at the Nano Nagle Community Centre in Carrick-on-Suir on Monday night. The packed meeting was attended by about 80 anti-water charges activists and local residents concerned about the tax and impending arrival of water meters to their homes.

The meeting was addressed by Sinn Fein, People Before Profit and Eirigi representatives, who are involved in the anti-water charges campaign in Carrick-on-Suir.

Notices stating “No Implied Right of Access to Irish Water - no water meter requested here” were handed out to everyone at the meeting to place in the windows of their home.

Joan Quirke of People Before Profit in Waterford spoke about campaigners’ efforts to stop water meters being installed in housing estates in Ferrybank and Mooncoin including blocking estate entrances, obstructing meter installation machinery and putting barriers over water stop cocks.

Two residents from Comeragh View in Mooncoin also reported on residents’ efforts in their estate to stop Irish Water installing meters at their homes in the past week.

Mark Fitzgerald from Sir John’s in Carrick said residents of his estate were holding a meeting the following evening (Tuesday) to plan their non-violent campaign of resistence to the installation of meters at their homes. He urged other Carrick neighbourhoods to do the same and to come to the help of residents in other estates when the meter installers arrive.

“You have to organise, have to have local meetings and talk to each other... This is Carrick, it’s always known for putting up a big fight, let’s prove it,” he declared.

An anti-water charges public meeting takes place in Mullinahone Community Centre this Friday at 7.30pm and a bus of protesters will travel from Carrick this Saturday to an anti-water charges protest in Dublin.