Burn the bills protest planned - Cllr Wadding
THE Irish Water bill may be in the post but the lady's not for turning.
Right2Water protestor, Cllr Deirdre Wadding is organising a mass protest rally and burning and disposing of Irish Water bills on Wexford quayfront early next month. Cllr Wadding said there will be a march in Wexford from Redmond Square to the quay on Friday, May 8. 'We will be disposing of the bills on the quay and there will be a fundraiser for the Right2Water campaign.'
Cllr Wadding is organising buses from the county to a protest gathering in Dublin on Saturday where bills will be burnt.
Cllr Wadding said; 'I have seen on Facebook that a few people in the region have already received the bills. If I got mine I'd love to see it go up in flames.'
She denied that the Right2Water campaign has dissipated in recent months, claiming that 100,000 people attended the protest march on March 21.
'People are getting on with doing their own thing and they have their own groups in their areas. The main focus now is on boycotting the bills. We don't believe the figures the government is putting out.'
Describing Irish Water and its billing system as 'shambolic' and 'an unmitigated disaster', she said: 'It's just ridiculous. I can't understand for the life of me how it's still in existence. There would have been serious firings in any other state body; instead there are a serious amount of people being hired (750), to deal with complaints.'
Giving the issue of lead in the water in Bishopswater homes in Wexford as just one example, she said there is inadequate water in many areas which people will now be expected to pay for.
'The amount of money poured into this would have gone a long way in the local government's hands towards improving water quality for people in the county.
'The €100 discount, which was touted as a concession, is coming from the lone parent allocation, which is being done away with on June 25. I make a direct correlation between the two. A lone parent working a 20 hour week will see a direct loss of €50 per week.'
She said any notion of fast tracking court cases against residents who don't pay their Irish Water bills will lead to a backlash in next year's general election.
'People are are very determined. The government has completely underestimated people's anger. I see Labour trying hard to re-establish themselves as pro workers and coming out in favour of Dunnes workers but it's all far too little too late.'