23 March 2015
By David O’Sullivan
The Anti Austerity Alliance will begin dropping 40,000 leaflets calling on households to refuse to pay the water charge in Cork city and county this morning.
The leaflets will be dropped over a period of ten days in the runup to the issuing of the first Irish Water water charges bills on April 1. The Cork leaflets are part of a national drive which will see hundreds of thousands of similar leaflets distributed before the end of the month.
The AAA leaflets are headlined REFUSE TO PAY and highlight the fact that there are no penalties for non-payment of water charges bills until the fifth bill is issued in over a years time.
AAA spokesman Cllr Mick Barry said this morning: “We want to get the word out there that there are no financial penalties for non-payment of the water charge until the middle of next year. People already know that it is an unjust austerity charge and that the price will rise sharply if the charge gets established. But the fact that it is effectively risk-free to refuse to pay for the first year means it will be much easier for people to act on their instinct and boycott it.”
The Cork AAA leaflet drop comes two days after tens of thousands marched in Dublin against the charge and as news breaks of attempts by the “Siteserv company” to land taxpayers with the 5 million euro cost of surveillance carried out on anti-water meters protests and of the Garda’s decision to send files to the DPP urging prosecution of Paul Murphy TD for last November’s protest in Jobstown, Tallaght, against Labour leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton.