27th January 2015
By Bryan Smyth
As part of the national day of action against the introduction of
water charges, West Cork Right2Water will hold a protest at Emmet
Square, Clonakilty at 2pm this Saturday 31st.
Confirmed speakers include local Sinn Féin County Councillor Paul
Hayes; Cllr. Michael Collins, MCC (Ind.) and Ed Harpur of the West
Cork People Before Profit.
Encouraging people to participate as a follow up to the successful
event on 1st November last in Clonakilty which was attended by around
300 people, Cllr. Hayes said:
“We’re calling on people to come out and show that the diversionary
tactics announced by the Government will not work. Once again, our
Clonakilty protest is not under any party banner, although people have
of course the right to show their affiliations if they wish.
With Irish Water contractors working at full speed to install meters
in recent weeks in Clonakilty, we will be calling on the public to
boycott the water bills.
The Government also rejected a recent SF Bill which called for the
ownership of the natural resource to be enshrined in our Constitution
and kept in public ownership. This heightens our concern that they
intend to privatise Irish Water in the future. It is important that
the momentum of recent months be kept up and we ask people to make a
special effort to attend and bring others along”, he concluded.