Right2Water Donegal are organising a protest at the Donegal County Council Chambers in Lifford on Monday (April 13) assembling at 9.30am .
The council will be meeting that morning to take care of any unfinished business from the previous Council meeting.
The purpose of the protest is to register , once again, our opposition to Water Charges, by having reps. from Right2Water across the county hand back , bin or dispose of Water bills outside the seat of local government.
The local Right2Water group will also present a letter to the County Councillors and the County Manager.
Owen Curran from Right2Water West Donegal said; ‘ This letter will contain the concerns of people whom we are in regular contact with through our campaign, for example- Why did the County Manager proceed to hand over the details of Council tenants to Irish Water , despite a direction from Councillors not to do so?’
It has also been widely noted that on November 14th last year the Donegal County Council voted in favour of a motion calling on the government to abolish water charges, they also voted in favour of holding a referendum on water ownership. All the councillors present voted in favour and one abstained. Philip Mc Fadden of Right2Water Inishowen said- ‘What people are asking us is, what work ,if any has been done by the councillors on these issues since?’.
Another area of concern that people have raised is around the water metering programme being rolled out across the county at the moment. Right2Water will also be questioning why there is no proper monitoring of the work being carried out by installers ,especially around issues of health and safety and quality of re-instatement of footpaths for example.
Owen Curran said ‘ We realise the time of the protest is quite early , however we picked this time to make sure we could distribute this letter to as many councillors on the day as possible. We know this is due to be a shorter meeting. We ask all those who are standing against water charges and who have decided not to pay to come and join us’.