Close to sixty people attended a Sinn FÃ©in organised â€˜Right to Waterâ€™ public meeting in Granard last night (Thursday, December 4).
Deputy Michael Colreavy (Sinn FÃ©in spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine and Food), Cllr Martin Kenny, Cllr Paul Hogan and John Reilly - candidate in the Granard Local Electoral Area - spoke about the â€˜farceâ€™ that is Irish Water and alluded to the fact that it was only a matter of time before the countryâ€™s water network was privatised.
The party sent out a very clear message to those in attendance with regard to next Wednesdayâ€™s march in Dublin which is being held on Human Rights Day.
â€œWe believe water is a right and the provision of water services should be enshrined in the Irish Constitution 1937,â€ Cllr Hogan added. â€œThe Government never anticipated the level of opposition to water charges and what I see coming from this government is neoliberalism - putting a resource out onto the open market and giving it to the highest bidder.
â€œWater should be accessible to all and we already pay for our water services through taxation. The new proposals amount to nothing more than a stealth tax. We want to see as many people as possible marching on DÃ¡il Eireann next Wednesday, December 10, on this issue.â€
The meeting heard that by the time Irish Water was fully operational, close to â‚¬500m of taxpayers money will have been spent on its implementation.
â€œIt is absolutely criminal what is going on,â€ Cllr Hogan added.