Right2Water take to the streets on the 1st of November
On Saturday the 1st of November, large crowds are expected to attend the Right2Water March in Waterford City, to air their disagreement to the new water charges being implemented by this government. This march will be joined by similar demonstration groups taking place all over the country.
The Right2Water group is an alliance of Residents, Tenants Associations, Opposition politicians & Trade unions. Following on from one of the largest national demonstrations in Irish history, the Right2Water campaign says is continuing to build a mass movement of opposition to water charges. The campaign is asking all anti-water charges groups – including political parties – to unify and work together to ensure as large a demonstration as possible in their home towns and cities.
Irish Water has come under increased scrutiny since it’s introduction. Recently the commission for Energy Regulation stressed that Irish Water call-out charges have not been been formally approved, and flagged that they are ‘concerning’.
Commissioner Paul McGowan stated that the Commission for energy regulation is questioning whether or not the official date for signing up to Irish Water should be reconsidered. This means that there may be a delay of as long as one month in issuing the first water bills, as customers may not have to sign up until the end of November It has also been recently revealed that Irish Water is investigating a data breach after it sent bank details relating to a number of individuals to the wrong people. Paul Keoghan, from Dublin, said his landlord had phoned him on Sunday to say he had received a direct debit confirmation from Irish Water in his own name with a bank account that he suspected was Mr Keogan’s.
The March in Waterford City on November the 1st will assemble at the Glen in Waterford city at 2pm, it will then proceed down the Quay to the mall where speakers will address the crowd.
Organizers are calling on all people who oppose the water charges to attend the march. A local group has been set up in Tramore & can be found at ‘Tramore says No’ to water charges on facebook