24 February 2015
By David O’Sullivan
(video from YouTube/Eoin English)
Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick Barry this morning said that no Council in the country should be off limits for protests such as that seen at Cork’s City Hall last night as long as anti water charges campaigners are in prison and being treated badly by the prison authorities.
Cllr Barry said that if the country’s political establishment thought that anti water charges campaigners can be jailed and treated badly and that business would proceed as usual they had another think coming.
Cork’s three Anti Austerity Alliance councillors – Mick Barry, Lil O’Donnell and Marion O’Sullivan – this morning repeated calls for the immediate release of jailed anti water charges campaigners in Dublin.
They called on people to hit back hard against the water charges and the jailings by deciding now to boycott Irish Water bills when they are sent out in April.
Cllr Barry said: “No Council in the country should be off limits for protests such as that seen last night in City Hall while anti water charges campaigners languish in jail. The Government and Irish Water are really getting people’s backs up with these arrests and jailings and I am confident that huge numbers of people will hit back hard by refusing to pay the charges in April.”