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This morning.

Outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin.

From left: Sinn Fein Cllr Daithi Doolan, Anti Austerity Alliance Paul Murphy TD, United Left Clare Daly TD and People before Profit Richard Boyd Barrett TD -displaying on the left a map showing the locations of water protests nationally and on the Right a map showing the loctions of protests in Dublin on Saturday 1st November.

Full list of protests here

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

28 thoughts on “Free Saturday?

  1. diddy

    why not one march in Dublin? Central Dublin.. alltogether .. then one in cork galway limerick and so on

    1. phil

      I agree , I thought the Northsiders were to meet at connelly station and southsiders meet at hueston station both to converge at the GPO, what happened to that plan?

  2. oblongo

    Nobody is going to win in this situation. A deeply incompetent and arrogant government are going to have this disaster of a company thrown back in their face by a movement led by an equally contemptible rabble who have no answers to anything themselves.

    There is no common sense debate or discourse, only shouting. Conservation and investment in infrastructure will be set back 20 years in the end.

    1. bisted

      …maybe you could remind us of the ‘conservation and investment’ measures in water supply that have taken place in the past 20 years.

        1. bisted

          …in 1994 Dublin Corporation began a major scoping exercise with a view to solving the problem with leakage in the system. The political will wasn’t there to push this project forward even though the money was available.
          The water network in Dublin and around the country was receiving more attention 20 years ago than it is today. Even in an era of unprecidented wealth not much has been done since.

      1. Wayne.F

        Busted, currently 2 water treatment plants at design and planning stage in Roscommon 30 years after they were actually needed! I will let you guess who is building them

  3. ex pat

    Shameless populists who complain about everything except their own reluctance to outline how their own figures don’t add up.

    Water charges are the last bill most people need right now but come the next recession when taxes don’t have to increase and spending doesn’t need to be lacerated it will be seen as a good piece of reform.

    1. Anne

      Water charges are the last bill most people need right now but come the next recession when taxes don’t have to increase and spending doesn’t need to be lacerated it will be seen as a good piece of reform

      A good piece of reform? Are you on drugs?
      Go way out of it.
      WRONG.

      1. ex pat

        Outline how you would raise €500m or where you would cut €500 in public spending.

        Durability of income being a major consideration.

  4. Anne

    You know what, you’re right.
    I’ll definitely go along on Saturday (if I’m not too hungover).
    I’m gonna sing and chant;
    Yes to water charges.
    Water charges will be seen as a good piece of reform, in due course

    I feel it’s my civic duty to spread the word.

    1. ex pat

      Its your civic duty to pay your taxes nothing more and nothing less; whether you pay Irish Water or not is up to you although I suspect you will find like the ESB or UPC they won’t keep supplying you if you don’t pay your bill.

      1. Anne

        Wrong.
        it’s my civic duty to protest, along with the hundreds of thousands of other people, who cannot afford another austerity tax.

        1. ex pat

          It is no-ones duty to protest, in fact protesting against Ireland ceasing to be the last OECD state to give away unlimited free water is downright irresponsible without advocating how the shortfall will be made up.

          1. ex pat

            @ABM’s Bloodied Underwear -No one is arguing that Irish Water was set up efficiently, it was set up in a rush and plenty of issues have to be looked at in detail again. Once the set up is ironed out it will contribute an underlying €500m saving to the annual public accounts.

            Attack specific set up costs, attack the bonuses, attack the rate per cubic metre but unless you can credibly suggest where the €500m will be replaced if water charges are abolished like residential rates were in 1977 you have a bin lid clangers argument and nothing else.

          2. ex pat

            @ABM’s Bloodied Underwearm

            That is exactly the point, it is a persons duty to pay their taxes, they have no further duties, however if you don’t pay the ESB they will not continue to supply you. Why should it be any different for water?

      2. scottser

        ‘Its your civic duty to pay your taxes nothing more and nothing less’

        this makes you look like a knob of the highest order.
        go fuk yourself.
        that is all.

          1. Spartacus

            Give it up, ex pat. It’s almost an embarrassment to watch you being skewered at this stage. The unjust and inequitable water tax is as good as gone, as is IW. If Inda and Mikey don’t go into full reverse PDQ, they’ll be gone with it before the year is out. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at cabinet meetings this week – bet that cnut Hogan’s ears were burning.

          2. ex pat

            You still haven’t explain how the €500m revenue this measure brings in will be replaced, type cliches all you want but answer then €500m question or go back to Scousing.

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