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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday July 17, 2019 - 22:55 by sp 1 image
From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation at the time, as we knew that is could be used as a back door to the re-introduction of full water charges in the future. The legislation allows the government to lower the amount of water that is considered normal usage over time. Just like with tuition fees and bin charges, the amounts will be increased incrementally until the idea of direct payment for water becomes normalised, or at least this is their hope. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Wednesday April 05, 2017 - 22:17 by r2w 1 image
WATER CHARGES AREN’T GONE…YET. WE NEED ONE MORE PUSH TO END THEM
Water Charges haven’t gone away. Fine Gael are still trying to get them in through the back door.
A special Oireachtas Committee has been meeting since December. It must report to Government by April 14. Its recommendations will decide whether water charges are scrapped or retained.
Fine Gael are proposing a charge for so called wilful waste of water. This would mean water meters in every house and a billing system just like water charges. ... read full story / add a comment
Water Commission a trick to leave the door open for water charges – Attempt to let Fianna Fail off the hook
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday November 30, 2016 - 22:58 by pbp 1 image
Press Release - 30th Nov 2016
At a press conference this morning on the Dail Plinth, AAA-PBP TDs reacted to the findings of the Expert Commission on Water Charges.
Paul Murphy TD said “The report by the Expert Commission is a political fudge to allow Fine Gael to claim water charges are still in place and for Fianna Fail to say that water charges are gone.
“The report acts as a Trojan Horse to allow for the future re-introduction of water charges. The idea of ‘excessive usage’ and a free allowance keeps the principle of paying for water in place. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Monday September 12, 2016 - 21:09 by wsm 1 image
September 17th sees the next major national march against the 'we can't believe they are not dead already' water charges. We respect that many anarchists will be marching with their local groups but for those who are not we thought it would be good to have an anarchist bloc and march together, everyone can then meet up at the end. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Thursday August 04, 2016 - 22:02 by right2water 1 image
The next Right2Water national demonstration takes place on Saturday 17th of September from 2pm onwards.
Right2Water will be hosting another national demonstration in Dublin to tell our government to respect our democracy and abolish water charges ... read full story / add a comment
AAA-PBP Motion calls for Ministerial order to cap charges and reinstate waivers for low income families
Dail debate and vote to take place next week on AAA-PBP motion calling for immediate government action to prevent planned increase in waste charges
Next week, the Dail will debate and vote upon a AAA-PBP Private Members Motion calling for an immediate Ministerial order to prevent private waste companies from implementing the planned dramatic increases in household waste charges.
The motion submitted today by AAA-PBP will be debated in the Dail next Tuesday
Bin charges are set to rise by between 100 and 200%. These charges will inflict an unsustainable burden for hard pressed households if the proposed increases by private waste companies are implemented and will undoubtedly lead to a dramatic increase in illegal dumping. ... read full story / add a comment
TDs & Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin demand end to water meter installation & political policing as two activists are Jailed
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday May 11, 2016 - 22:28 by cd 3 comments (last - thursday june 02, 2016 - 22:47) 1 image 1 video file
A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 23:17 by right2water
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.’ An affirmation that should, by now, be familiar to most of us. ... read full story / add a comment
Urging a high turnout at Saturday’s Right2Water protests, Campaign says household Water Charges are Subsidy to Business
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday January 20, 2016 - 21:53 by right2water 1 image 1 attached file
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’. ... read full story / add a comment
From Cavan to Cork: Right2Water announces details of local Water Charges Demonstration Events on Jan Saturday 23rd
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday January 18, 2016 - 12:38 by right2water 1 image 1 attached file
Campaign warns public opposition to water charges will be reflected in ballot boxes
The Right2Water campaign has announced details of local events planned for Saturday January 23rd to highlight the campaign’s ongoing demand for the abolition of water charges. Nearly 30 different events are planned in a range of locations from Cavan to Dublin to Cork. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday January 18, 2016 - 12:03 by 1 of Indymedia 2 comments (last - wednesday february 10, 2016 - 09:57) 3 images
This article by David Gibney from the Right2Water website has been republished here in light of the upcoming water charges protest on this Sat 23rd Jan in advance of the election due in the next few weeks. It highlights the scam and lies around Irish Water and how it is fully intended to privatise it. If and when the TIPP agreement is signed between the EU and USA, privatisation will be unstoppable not just for our water but for all services right across the board.
THERE are three obvious agendas behind the imposition of domestic water charges. If you were to believe the government spin, you’d think it was about conservation.
But the three real reasons are:
Shifting the burden of paying for water from commercial enterprises to households;
Giving tax breaks to the wealthy while imposing water charges on everyone else; and
Lining up the future privatisation of our water industry.
There are a number of ways we can prove the conservation argument is a farce. The first and most obvious is through direct comparison with other countries that already have domestic water charges in place. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday November 02, 2015 - 22:58 by aaa
The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.
Four AAA members were present in court, as part of the targeting of our own organisation by the Gardai and the establishment. On top of these charges, we have had permission to collect money door to door refused in two Garda districts, including Tallaght and there has been the revelations around Operation Mizen which has seen Gardai carry out surveillance on water charge activists including Paul Murphy TD. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 23:31 by pbp
The European Commission has been investigating how Apple got away with paying a tax rate of just 2 percent on massive profits. It has concluded that the company benefited from an illegal deal with the Irish government. This judgement will be announced shortly. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Sunday August 23, 2015 - 20:49 by right2water 2 comments (last - thursday september 03, 2015 - 16:22) 1 image
The Right2Water campaign has called another major demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 29th August 2015 at 2pm.
The government is still on the hop because not enough people have paid their water bills and we can still beat them. This is why they have now said they have capped the amount out for another couple of years but don't be fooled, we need to keep the pressure on. They are also in negotiations for the TTIP treaty which between Europe and the US and is a corporate wishlist and includes provisions to allow them to sue governments if they do NOT privatise public services including of course water. At this point they will claim they had no choice and the "decision" was taken out of their hands. So integral to winning the Right to Water is to defeat the TTIP and ensure it never gets passed. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Tuesday June 23, 2015 - 23:39 by 1 of Indymedia 1 image
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.
The Water charges protester Stephen Bennett will be in jail for one month tomorrow. He was not convicted of anything, instead the courts attempted to impose 'protest ban' bail conditions which he has continued to refuse to accept. All sections of the water charges movements should be demanding Stephens immediate and unconditional release.
"To my Friends, Comrades and to the Irish Water movement. I send this message of solidarity from my cell in Cloverhill prison, where I have been since May 20th. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Friday June 05, 2015 - 23:16 by 1 of Indymedia 1 image
The well respected Mahon Says No anti-water charges group have issued a statement warning that "Right2Water and the Socialist Party both need to take a step back and consider the potential damage their mutual mudslinging will cause, and all in the name of getting their representatives elected ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Tuesday April 14, 2015 - 00:15 by Solidarity Times 2 comments (last - thursday may 21, 2015 - 23:27) 1 image 1 video file
Garda have attacked an occupation of Fingal council offices by water charges protesters causing injuries like the one pictured.
We understand these happened when the Garda smashed a plate glass door in on top of the protesters who were occupying the entrance.
According to one of those attacked posting to the Balbriggan page "Garda have attached 3 of us and shattered the fingal county council office doors on top of us picture to follow. If you listen to the video u will hear the glass crashing on top of us" The video is at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=633082310156899 ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Tuesday March 10, 2015 - 23:09 by Right2Water 1 image 2 attached files
The next national demonstration for the Right to Water takes place on Sat 21st March at 1pm
Assembly points are:
... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Saturday March 07, 2015 - 12:01 by No to Water Charges
A series of demonstrations is planned today in support of the Jailed water charges protestors.
There will be a rally at the Montrose (near RTE) at lunchtime and a motorcade will proceed to Mountjoy prison via the GPO and then a candle light vigil is expected to take place outside the prison.
In Dun Laoghaire at 3pm today a protest calling for the charges to be scrapped will be staged
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Friday February 20, 2015 - 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance 8 comments (last - monday march 09, 2015 - 21:40) 3 images
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them. ... read full story / add a comment