The issue we face is lack of DEMOCRACY

Boycott IRISH WATEROur rights as a people are denied. We are dictated to, we are threatened in our own homes, our senior citizens are abused, our children’s future thrown away – and for what???

Our entitlement to democracy has been hijacked by groups of vested interests who dictate over us.

We have tax upon tax, cutback on cutback, unemployment and business closures – we have been forced to take on over €70,000,000,000 (70 billion!) in debts that are not ours. Not 1 cent of the IMF/ECB so-called bailout was spent in Ireland – it ALL went to Banks and Bondholders. Our state Pension Reserve has been handed over, our vast resources given away – our entire economy is geared to dependence on foreign ‘investors’ – we are sold-out.

The Water charge is just an excuse for another Tax!

Irish Water Limited are going from scandal to scandal, the bonus culture is alive and well. They have wasted hundreds of millions on NOTHING, no leaks are repaired, no water has been cleaned that wasn’t already being looked after – it is just another Quango.

The fact is… Government has NO right to impose policy on the citizens, but this is what they are doing time after time.

Our Constitution states that it is the right of the people “to decide all questions of national policy…”.

When we elect TD’s we do not give them the right to impose anything, they are elected to “represent constituencies” – our Constitution makes no provision for TD’s to represent any Party, themselves or their personal conscience.

DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION is supposed to be of the people, in our Constituencies, not Political Parties or any other vested interests.

In our movement to stop the Water Tax, let’s be sure that we deal with the underlying issue – lack of democracy itself.

Let’s not accept dictate, instead let’s assert our entitlement to democratic representation – that is the key.

If the people were represented, if our preference decided policy in our state, would we have this Water Tax?

Upcoming Events:

Protest March: Meet outside Cork city Library at 2pm on 15th November.  Organised by the Fliuch Off group – title is ‘Keep the (Water) Pressure Up’, the event is on Facebook.

Public Meeting:
White Horse Inn, Ballincollig, 7.30pm 20th November
hosted by Shirley Griffin (086-3764647) of The People’s Convention.

Public Meeting: Community Centre, MAHON, 8pm Thursday 27th November, organised by Mahon Says NO! to Water Tax.

Street Meeting/Rally, outside Brown Thomas, Wintrop Street, Cork city
Satrurday 29th, 2pm, organised by ‘We Won’t Pay Campaign’. the Facebook event is here.

March & Rally, Fermoy, 2pm Saturday 29th November, starting from Chapel St. & Barrack Hill – going to FG office at Lower Patrick’s Street.

March & Rally, Cork City, Meet outside Connolly Hall at 2pm Saturday 6th December, march to a Rally at Daunts Square – ‘Boycott IRISH WATER! Assert the Rights of the People!“. This event is hosted by CPPC.

March on Dáil Éireann: December 10th, Dublin. by Right2Water Group.

43 Replies to “The issue we face is lack of DEMOCRACY”

  1. Ruth O'Connell says:

    The water meters are currently being installed in Kinsale. On our estate of 36 houses we are the only ones to put up a notice against the meter installation. After all the people from the estate that went to the meeting in Kinsale town who said they werent going to allow it we feel very much out on our own now and are probably going to let them go ahead and put it in. This is probably their last day on the estate so we will have to tell them to go ahead soon.

  2. Dermot says:

    Don’t loose heart Ruth, each of us must decide what we can do. From the meeting it was clear that people simply don’t want this Water Tax. It would seem like the community isn’t very organised there or maybe people are busy, at work or whatever.

    You have every right to reject the meter installation, even on your own, others have done this successfully.

    The main thing to remember is that we must BOYCOTT the bill and Irish Water itself at every turn, I believe there will be mass non-payment. Also, it is important to support all public opposition to Irish Water, I think there is something organised for Kinsale this Saturday, and to encourage others.

    Each of us has a responsibility to stand-up for what is right, and this tax is not right, it is an insult to our democratic right and is no more that collecting more money to pay the debt imposed on behalf of the bankers and bondholders.

    Keep the faith!

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    1. Ruth O'Connell says:

      We decided not to get the meter in. Afterwards by walking around the estate I noticed that there were two other houses unmetered as well. I asked both ladies why. The first said it was she thinks because they could not find the stopcock and she wasnt going to tell them where it was. Anyway she was at work during the day. Although she is a little worried because it is a council owned property and she is afraid she may be put out of the house because of it. I told her the council cant do that and it is up to them to inform the boys doing the job where the thing is anyway since it is they who own the property. The other lady said she just went out in the morning and told them she didnt want it and they said thats fine, we wont put it in so! Easy as that. I was talking to some of the Irish lads working on the job. There is NO point in giving them a hard time because they are only trying to make a few bob like the rest of us. The two guys I was talking to spend two hours driving from Tipperary to Kinsale every morning, and two hours back everry night. One said he already worked for that particular contract company before and was called back, and the other guy said it was the first job he was able to get after a year out of work and with three young kids wanted to give them a decent Christmas. He told me they have been verbally and physically attacked and abused in some towns by people who dont get out of bed until 12 oclock in the day and who probably never worked a day in their lives. Thats hard to deal with. as I say these lads are only trying to make a few bob. Lets save our agro for the people who deserve it – Irish Water and the Government

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