Right2Water say today’s demonstrations will help make water the number one item for the General Election

Organisers of today’s 30 Right2Water demonstrations across Ireland say they are expecting tens of thousands of protesters to take to the streets in opposition to unfair water charges.

The demonstrations are the sixth event hosted by the Right2Water campaign which comprises of community groups, political representatives and six trade unions including the CPSU, CWU, Mandate, OPATSI, TEEU and Unite.

Spokesperson for the campaign John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary said: “We promised over a year and a half ago that we would make water charges the number one issue for this election and today’s set of demonstrations is a step towards that objective.”

He added: “Water charges are an unfair imposition on the public and they serve no purpose other than a transfer of wealth from the poorest to the wealthiest in our society and they’re also about lining up the future privatization of our water services.”

Brendan Ogle, Right2Water and Unite spokesperson said today’s demonstrations are the first step in a significant pre-election campaign by Right2Water.

“We intend having at least two more events including a conference with international guests and another national demonstration the Saturday before the general election.”

“Michael Noonan said the demonstrators had gone away back in November 2014 and Alan Kelly recently said that water charges have gone off the agenda too. Well they may regret those arrogant statements in the very near future because in this election, nobody’s seat is safe, and water charges will be the big issue,” said Mr Ogle.

He added, “While today is about water, it’s also about much, much more. It’s about inequality, unfairness, cronyism and corruption. It’s about soaring poverty levels and mass emigration. It’s about deprivation and homelessness. Water has been a catalyst in the fight against austerity but people are crying out for a change in how our country is run and that will be visible on the streets of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Donegal, among other counties today.”

FULL LIST OF RIGHT2WATER EVENTS:

Carlow/Kilkenny - Liberty Tree, Carlow Town - 2PM

Cavan - Argos Car Park, Cavan Town - 1:30PM

Clare - Limerick City Hall - 2PM

Cork - Grand Parade - 2PM

Donegal - Mr. Chippie, Letterkenny - 2PM

Dublin - St. Peter’s Church, Phibsboro, D7 - 1PM

Dublin City Centre Event - Connolly Station & Christchurch - 2PM

Dun Laoghaire - People’s Park - 11AM

Galway - Eyre Square - 2PM

Kerry - McKenna’s Corner, Listowel - 12 NOON

Kerry - Greyhound Track, Tralee - 2PM

Kildare - Castletown Gates, Celbridge - 10.30AM

Kildare - Kildare Co. Council HQ, Naas - 2PM

Limerick - Limerick City Hall - 2PM

Longford/Westmeath - Battery Road - 2PM

Louth - West Street, Drogheda - 3PM

Louth - Fairgreen, Dundalk - 2:PM

Mayo - Castlebar - 1PM

Meath - Enfield - 12 NOON

Meath - Navan - 2PM

Meath - Oldcastle - 4PM

Meath-East - Arkle Monument, Ashbourne - 2PM

Monaghan - Church Square - 1PM

Offaly - Emmett Square, Birr - 2PM

Sligo/Leitrim - GPO, Sligo - 2PM

Tipperary - Sarsfield Street, Clonmel - 2PM

Waterford - The Glen, Waterford - 2PM

Wexford - Community School Car Park, Gorey - 2PM

Wexford - Riverbank Carpark, Wexford Town - 1.30PM

Wicklow - Wicklow Co. Council, Wicklow Town - 2PM