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Dublin - Event Notice
Saturday April 05 2014
11:00 AM

Water Charges Conference - Strategies for Resistance

category dublin | bin tax / household tax / water tax | event notice author Wednesday February 26, 2014 22:32author by pbp Report this post to the editors

Brid Smith on behalf of People Before Profit will hold a major conference on the politics and strategies related to resisting water privatisation. Speakers will include activists from Bolvia to Paris -places where mass action succeeded in beating the corporations and winning safe public water supply.


From October 2014, you will have to pay for your water. The bills will arrive a few months later in January and they will amount to about €300 a year. You are already paying for a water service through central taxes. But the government wants to reduce public spending on water in order to make you pay directly. This is, therefore, a double tax – for something you have already paid for. The water bills will come on top of property charges and many other tax hikes. If we do not stop them BEFORE they are introduced, they will rise each year. One economist, for example, has calculated that they will rise to €630 a year. The average water charge in Britain is also over €500 a year. The whole idea of charging for water is unjust. Water is not an optional extra – or a consumer choice. Like the air we breathe, water is one of the essentials for human life. We can live sixty to seventy days without food, but without water we will die within three to seven days depending on the climate. It should not be turned into a commodity from which large corporations will profit.

More background information is available at:

Gresham Hotel, O' Connell Street, Dublin 1

Saturday 5th April, 11 am to 5 pm

Get in contact to book your place

Contact Brid at: 087 9090166

Related Link:


author by Brian - Direct Democracy Irelandpublication date Mon Mar 24, 2014 17:43Report this post to the editors

For the attention of:
Phil Hogan - Minister for the Environment,
Michael Mc Nicholas - Chief Executive Bord Gáis
John Barry - Irish Water Programme Director
John Tierney - Managing Director Irish Water
J. Murphy & Sons Ltd.,
GMC Utilities Group,
Coffey Northumbrian Ltd.,
and all other parties of interest.
Dear Minister Phil Hogan, Irish Water, Bord Gáis and all other agents, county councillors, officers, employees,
contractors and interested parties in the matter of Irish Water and the Smart-Meter Program,
To those who intend to install a ‘Smart-Meter’ or any activity monitoring device at the above address, this is a Legal
Notice that all parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on (or near) the above
property. Installation and use of any activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. No legislative act
supercedes the natural, self-evident right of any individual man or woman to refuse to buy the services or goods of
any other entity (private or public) or to protect his or her health from the effects of such goods. I neither want your
goods (the Smart-Meter) nor require your services (water-metering). A contract demands consent. Further to
that, ‘informed’ consent is legally required for the installation of a device that has proven detrimental effects on the
health of users, or any surveillance device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and
unauthorised parties for undisclosed and unauthorised purposes. No such consent is given nor may be inferred.
Authorisation for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that
information. Such authorisation is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all of its
Threats of lowered water-pressure or other consequences of refusal to engage with Irish Water will be taken as coercive
intimidation and treated as harrassment. Acts of interfering with the water-pressure or water-quality to ‘encourage’
compliance by Irish Water or any of its agents will be treated as sabotage and coaction and will be pursued through
the courts. Installation of the Meter in direct disregard of this notice (without rebutting the scientific studies and
matters of law provided) will be taken as Irish Water’s agreement that the Smart-Meter is to be treated as an item of
abandoned equipment and may be removed (disabled/disposed of) at my own discretion. Installation of the Meter in
direct disregard of this notice will also be taken as agreement that Irish Water and all other contracting parties will
each be liable for damages amounting to not less than €5,000 per infringement, for direct disregard of the rights of the
occupants and the potential health-risks that Smart-Meters create, despite disclosure and awareness of both.
Information on the security and health risks of ‘Smart Meters’, and the various breeches of Irish Law, the Constitution
(Bunreacht Na hÉireann) and the European Convention on Human Rights are detailed on the following pages.
Notice to Principal is Notice to Agent. Notice to Agent is Notice to Principal. With FULL Prejudice.

author by v for vendettapublication date Mon Mar 24, 2014 21:46Report this post to the editors

Great notice letter Brian! Puts the shoe on the other foot.

Also, see this article for a quite damning timeline regarding the introduction of Irish water :

author by Diarmuid Breatnach - personal capacitypublication date Thu Apr 03, 2014 01:52Report this post to the editors

Brian's posting gives the impression that the use of that form or something like it will prevent the state from putting in these meters -- it won't. I hope no-one else believes this or relies on it. Only communal resistance at a high enough level can achieve this.

In the last couple of years we have heard a similar type of discourse from Freemen, to the effect that one can resist the courts with a similar type of quasi-legalese, that the court will thereby be unable to fine people or send them to jail. It was RUBBISH and when people relied on that, their defence was ignored and they were fined. If they didn't pay the fine, they were going to jail.

Attacks by the State have to be resisted but it is by solidarity and large-scale effective action that this can be successful.

author by Don't tread on me - an autonomous individual publication date Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:25Report this post to the editors

must go hand in hand. By all means put up notices informing the lackeys of this state that we regard water metering an oppressive and illegal act. But don't expect them to take notice of it. That's where direct action has to begin. First by obstructing work crews. If that doesn't works - well, check out that Eirigi video on Youtube on how to disable water meters.
It doesn't matter in what shape or form you fight back as long as you do fight back.

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