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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday January 18, 2016 12:38 by right2water   image 1 image   1 attached file
Campaign warns public opposition to water charges will be reflected in ballot boxes

The Right2Water campaign has announced details of local events planned for Saturday January 23rd to highlight the campaign’s ongoing demand for the abolition of water charges. Nearly 30 different events are planned in a range of locations from Cavan to Dublin to Cork. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday January 18, 2016 12:03 by 1 of Indymedia   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 10, 2016 09:57)   image 3 images
This article by David Gibney from the Right2Water website has been republished here in light of the upcoming water charges protest on this Sat 23rd Jan in advance of the election due in the next few weeks. It highlights the scam and lies around Irish Water and how it is fully intended to privatise it. If and when the TIPP agreement is signed between the EU and USA, privatisation will be unstoppable not just for our water but for all services right across the board.

THERE are three obvious agendas behind the imposition of domestic water charges. If you were to believe the government spin, you’d think it was about conservation.

But the three real reasons are:

Shifting the burden of paying for water from commercial enterprises to households;
Giving tax breaks to the wealthy while imposing water charges on everyone else; and
Lining up the future privatisation of our water industry.

There are a number of ways we can prove the conservation argument is a farce. The first and most obvious is through direct comparison with other countries that already have domestic water charges in place. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Sunday November 22, 2015 22:43 by siptu
SIPTU and TEEU local authority members working under the management of Irish Water have today (Friday, 20th November) overwhelmingly voted for industrial action to prevent the privatisation of the public water service. Last month, Irish Water said that it intended reduce the local authority workforce in the company by up to 1500 by 2021. The unilateral announcement was in breach of the Service Level Agreement reached with trade union representatives in 2013 which obliged the company to consult with them in relation to any proposed changes in staffing numbers read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday November 02, 2015 22:58 by aaa
The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.

Four AAA members were present in court, as part of the targeting of our own organisation by the Gardai and the establishment. On top of these charges, we have had permission to collect money door to door refused in two Garda districts, including Tallaght and there has been the revelations around Operation Mizen which has seen Gardai carry out surveillance on water charge activists including Paul Murphy TD. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday September 23, 2015 23:31 by pbp
The European Commission has been investigating how Apple got away with paying a tax rate of just 2 percent on massive profits. It has concluded that the company benefited from an illegal deal with the Irish government. This judgement will be announced shortly. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Wednesday September 02, 2015 23:32 by T   image 15 images
The Right2Water campaign had called for a national demonstration on Sat Aug 31st and quite a lot of effort had gone into publishing this with tens of thousands of leaflets distributed throughout the country and buses laid on to many of the major towns.

There was a fair bit riding on this because figures show that significant percentage of households had still not paid and during the summer the government plans were upset when EuroStat came back and said Irish Water had to appear on the government accounts.

In the meantime government ministers have been claiming it would not be privatized but when pressed on whether this is rock solid, they turn out to be quite slippy on this. And there is reason for this because the TTIP treaty between the USA and EU currently being negotiated in secret is a corporate wishlist that will allow corporations to sue governments through the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which are corporate courts run by corporate lawyers and take precedence over national laws and there is no right of appeal. It will allow corporations to say that it is unfair competition to have things like our health, education and of course Irish Water in state hands and therefore it should be privatized. This is not some myth because the ISDS mechanism has already been used at least 500 times in other countries for basically lowering health standards and environmental protection. If TTIP is passed and so far Fine Gael have been in favour of it, including the ISDS, then they will say their hands are tied and they had to privatize Irish Water and of course every other thing. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Sunday August 23, 2015 20:49 by right2water   text 2 comments (last - thursday september 03, 2015 16:22)   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign has called another major demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 29th August 2015 at 2pm.

The government is still on the hop because not enough people have paid their water bills and we can still beat them. This is why they have now said they have capped the amount out for another couple of years but don't be fooled, we need to keep the pressure on. They are also in negotiations for the TTIP treaty which between Europe and the US and is a corporate wishlist and includes provisions to allow them to sue governments if they do NOT privatise public services including of course water. At this point they will claim they had no choice and the "decision" was taken out of their hands. So integral to winning the Right to Water is to defeat the TTIP and ensure it never gets passed. read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Tuesday June 30, 2015 11:10 by no to Irish Water
Dublin South Build The Boycott have organised a local community protest march against the unjust water charges in Dundrum D.16.

Dublin South Build The Boycott is a non-party political group who collectively oppose the unjust water charges. It is made up of people who are affiliated to political parties and those with no affiliation to any party. If you like to get involved with this group please don't hesitate to get in touch - Dublin South Build The Boycott of Water Charges. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Tuesday June 23, 2015 23:39 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.

The Water charges protester Stephen Bennett will be in jail for one month tomorrow. He was not convicted of anything, instead the courts attempted to impose 'protest ban' bail conditions which he has continued to refuse to accept. All sections of the water charges movements should be demanding Stephens immediate and unconditional release.

"To my Friends, Comrades and to the Irish Water movement. I send this message of solidarity from my cell in Cloverhill prison, where I have been since May 20th. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Friday June 05, 2015 23:16 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The well respected Mahon Says No anti-water charges group have issued a statement warning that "Right2Water and the Socialist Party both need to take a step back and consider the potential damage their mutual mudslinging will cause, and all in the name of getting their representatives elected read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Tuesday April 14, 2015 00:15 by Solidarity Times   text 2 comments (last - thursday may 21, 2015 23:27)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Garda have attacked an occupation of Fingal council offices by water charges protesters causing injuries like the one pictured.

We understand these happened when the Garda smashed a plate glass door in on top of the protesters who were occupying the entrance.

According to one of those attacked posting to the Balbriggan page "Garda have attached 3 of us and shattered the fingal county council office doors on top of us picture to follow. If you listen to the video u will hear the glass crashing on top of us" The video is at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=633082310156899 read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Sunday March 22, 2015 22:49 by Water is a right   text 2 comments (last - friday may 15, 2015 16:46)   image 23 images
There was a good turnout yesterday, Sat 21st in Dublin for the anti-water charges demonstration. The plan was for the various groups to assemble at Heuston Station, Connolly Station and Merrion Square and converge at O'Connell brigde which they did. There were groups from all over the country, from Navan to Clonakility to Galway to Dundalk as well as thousands of people from the various communities in the greater Dublin area. Thousands and thousands arrived with banners, flags and placards of all types adding a lot of colour to the demonstration clearly showing this movement is still very much alive and vibrant and gives us all hope and confidence that we can still win. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Tuesday March 10, 2015 23:09 by Right2Water   image 1 image   2 attached files
The next national demonstration for the Right to Water takes place on Sat 21st March at 1pm

Assembly points are:
Connolly Station
Merrion Square
Heuston Station

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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Saturday March 07, 2015 12:01 by No to Water Charges
A series of demonstrations is planned today in support of the Jailed water charges protestors.

There will be a rally at the Montrose (near RTE) at lunchtime and a motorcade will proceed to Mountjoy prison via the GPO and then a candle light vigil is expected to take place outside the prison.

In Dun Laoghaire at 3pm today a protest calling for the charges to be scrapped will be staged

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance   text 8 comments (last - monday march 09, 2015 21:40)   image 3 images
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Thursday February 19, 2015 22:37 by RightToWater   image 1 image
The Right2Water campaign is shocked by the jailing of five water protesters for contempt of court today (Thursday, 19th February). Bernie Hughes, Derek Byrne and Michael Batty were all sentenced to 28 days in prison while Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill were given 56 days each.

Right2Water representatives were in court for the sentencing, which they described as “an unnecessary and provocative decision brought about by an unfair water charge that has already been rejected and cannot work.” read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Monday February 09, 2015 20:31 by sp   image 1 image
Speaking of this mornings events Joe Higgins TD who has been in the process of visiting the various Garda stations where the public representatives are being held said:

“The arrests of AAA TD Paul Murphy, councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy and a fourth person who remains to be identified to us as we go to press is a cheap attempt to denigrate and weaken water charges movement as we approach make or break time – bills coming out and need for mass non-payment. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday February 09, 2015 11:36 by no to Irish Water   text 3 comments (last - thursday february 12, 2015 15:50)   image 3 images
After the relatively large turn-out to the Anti-Water charges protests over a week ago on Saturday the 31st, the government is worried that their propaganda hasn't worked as well as it should so in response they have launched a new dirty tricks campaign to discredit the Anti-Water charges campaign. They are using the same strategy as that used in the Corrib Gas issue in Mayo over the past decade where the strategy was to criminalise the protests in the eyes of the public. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday February 02, 2015 20:00 by Comhlámh   image 1 image
Join us for a film screening and panel discussion where we’ll draw on the experience of one community’s struggle against water privatisation in the Global South (El Alto, Bolivia) and relate it to the Irish movement against water charges

From El Alto to Edenmore .... Twisted Pepper -Weds 4th Feb @ 7pm. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / photo-essay Sunday February 01, 2015 22:53 by 1 of Indymedia   text 3 comments (last - monday february 02, 2015 14:54)   image 20 images
There was large turnout at Saturday's Water Charges protest which the government probably hoped would be smaller but what Saturday shows is that the campaign is very much still alive and there plans for a bigger national march in a few weeks time.

The protest was organised by each of the local campaigns and the plan was for each of the different groups to meet and converge in the centre of Dublin. Those from Dublin West met up at Hueston station marched down the quays to link up with people from Dublin at O'Connell bridge. Meanwhile people from North Dublin met at Connolly and also converged at O'Connell bridge. read full story / add a comment
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