The Thurles water demonstration, protesting over the taxing of a right to water, will take place today, November 8th 2014 beginning at 2.00pm, sharp. Protesters are asked to please assemble at the Premier Hall, Thurles, (beside the district Court House).
Absolutely everyone is welcome, regardless of their personal political beliefs or positions within party politics.
We understand from recent press reports that the company known as ‘Irish Water’ have written to every local authority in the State seeking the names and addresses of all their council tenants, but have not sought tenants’ PPS numbers. In relation to this ‘Irish Water’ have stated; “Where a tenant has not registered with Irish Water, Irish Water will contact the property owner to give them the opportunity to provide the tenant’s name and ensure that the occupant receives the bill rather than his or her’s landlord. Irish Water has recently initiated this process with each Local Authority.”
This latest disclosure is now expected to even further fuel opposition to ‘Irish Water’ and help to ensure a massive turn out for the next national protest, latter to be held outside the Dáil on December 10th.
A dramatic u-turn was revealed some days ago by Tipperary Environment Minister Mr Alan Kelly, who claimed the Government were learning from “strategic mistakes” that were made with the initial setting up of ‘Irish Water.’ The Minister stated: “I don’t think it was appropriate to be using the language of going out and telling people their water would be disconnected or the pressure reduced if they didn’t pay. I don’t think it was helpful from day one and wasn’t the approach that should have been taken.”