Itemised series of Right2Water events across the country.

Via Ronan Burtenshaw

Right2Water (Facebook)



This morning

The Right2Water march in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin underway at 11a,.

Pics Carol Murphy

Meanwhile, at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis…


This afternoon.

Right2Water protesters in Dublin city centre.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews



Right so.

Fine Gael Ard Fheis tonight at Citywest during Enda Kenny’s keynote address.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


58 thoughts on “Free Today?

  1. Rob

    Is that a joke? Is DOB really sitting beside the Taoiseach this weekend? This isn’t some photo they dug up from before there were findings of corruption in relation to payments he made? Or before he sued the f-ing Dail?

    I actually like my local FG TD, but I can’t vote for someone who has Enda Kenny as a boss.

    1. classter

      Are these photos really from this weekend, Broadsheet?

      It is difficult to believe that even Kenny would be this stupid

        1. eric cartman

          and the socialist worker online wouldn’t be biased or have an anti-everything agenda at all….

    1. Colin

      Don’t worry, there will be. Sure I’d estimate there are 400 to 750 thousand people there in Dun Laoghaire alone.

  2. Peter Dempsey

    I don’t need a posh right-on socialist like Ronan Burtenshaw telling me how to live my life.

    Why doesn’t this guy join his local Chamber of Commerce?

      1. All the good ones fly south for winter

        You would hardy fit a child in a ballot box let alone the required portly protesters necessary. You should rethink this approach.

  3. Clampers Outside!

    I like the bit about ‘my water falls from the sky and I’ll wait for an invoice from God’… can someone please honor the man’s wishes and turn off his water, he seems happy with just rain water anyway.

    Every nipple has a tit behind it, ever parade march a bit nippy.

      1. All the good ones fly south for winter

        It is pretty clear what that hot young lady was writing. Rain water requires treatment before it is suitable to drink. It also requires an infrastructure to get it from point A to point B. These services needs to be paid for.

        Let me say you the bother – “we have already paid for it”.

        We are not sure what the boob reference is about. It may be a come on?

    1. Lorcan Nagle

      They said 20,000 at the end of the march, which I think is very generous. I do think it was more than 5K though.

      1. Peter Dempsey

        Yeah, RTE radio said 20,000 was claimed by the organisers and then said that “other sources” said 5,000. Fairly wide variance.

  4. Inopera

    I mean no disrespect when I say this, but it really is lovely to see many from the older generations make a stand. IW would be thriving were it not for the different groups getting together behind this boycott. Saoirse! x

    1. cluster

      Interesting how they don’t march for those in direct provision.

      Heart-warming indeed.
      Turns out that the older generation are still adding ‘the halfpence to the pence’ just like they always did.

    1. Mickey Twopints

      I was on the Limerick march as one of a good crowd I’d estimate to be in the several hundred. Given the bitterly cold rainy weather, that was a good turnout I think. Very noticeable was the support from the saturday shoppers and the temporarily inconvenienced motorists. Two young buskers outside Debenhams Roches Stores temporarily changed their tune to “No Way, We Won’t Pay” as the group marched past. A good day out, and a clear message sent to the FG/Lab coalition once again.

  5. Always Wright

    It infuriates me that I’m paying for my water (well, pumps, softening and purifying, all of which require maintenance at ongoing cost) and their water too.
    If water is free, disconnect from the mains, tell Irish Water to take a hike, and start taking responsibility for getting a clean reliable water supply into your house. Dig a well, store rainwater, do whatever it takes. You’ll soon be begging for Irish Water to rescue you from your stupidity.
    Those who use a municipal water supply should pay for it. The rest of us are already paying for our own water, thanks very much.

    1. Charley

      Average well require cleaning with white lime (€5-6) once a year, exaggeration only diminishes whatever point you were trying to make.

      1. Always Wright

        I just bought a replacement lamp for the UV purifier, €40. That’s an annual cost. A bag of salt for the softener is around €10. I get through seven or eight a year. Another annual cost.
        There are other costs. I had to replace a pressure cannister and a pressure switch over Christmas, at a cost of €350. I’m told the tank should last a minimum of ten years.
        Even without repairs, that’s €110 in minimum running costs, not including the electricity required to run the pump, the UV purifier and the softener.
        The point, which you somehow managed to miss, is that water is far from free. How about I pay for mine and you pay for yours? Sounds fair?

        1. ethereal_myst

          many of the protesters don’t have a problem with paying for the water infrastructure. They do however all have major issue with IW, the way in which it was set up, the disgusting waste of public finances and the planned privatisation.

          1. Always Wright

            If that’s the case they need to drop the ‘water is free’ nonsense. Stop protesting against water charges and go and picket Irish Water.

  6. Paddy

    I think FG LAB have screwed up badly in their reading of the level of anger. They’re going to get quite a surprise in a few weeks, as the age group that have been giving them votes is none other than the age group in the photos above.

    1. Keith

      Labour is going to get a kicking, because, like all junior parties, they take the blame for anything that has gone wrong over the last five years.

      FG is not going to get anything like the surprise I’d imagine you are expected them to get. Broadly speaking, people think they have done a pretty good job. And if they didn’t, the mantra about stability, and “why take a chance on those other gombeens” should do the job.

      So don’t be too surprised if you wake up at the end of February and not a whole lot has changed.

      1. Charley

        Labour down to single figures and FG down 15-20 seats leaves them well short, Don’t be surprised if Lowry is back in cabinet if they run with the right wing independants

  7. 15 cents

    id like to thank everyone who went out and marched across the country. you’ve already managed to reduce the water charges from previous marches, and hopefully will be able to get them abolished entirely. that makes life a lot more financially viable for us all .. even for all the sneery, pass remarking lot who comment negatively about protesters here. the one that really gets me is when they its all jobless people protesting .. (a) if it was.. so what? is somone whos unemployed less of a person? (b) it was on saturday, majority of people dont work on saturdays. (c) if you’re implying theyre lazy, they are showing theyre the exact opposite, theyre gettin out onto the street and doing something for somethign they believe in, something a lot of people wouldnt be bothered doing. so anyway, that you all who came out and marched and had your voice heard.

    1. Lorcan Nagle

      ” if you’re implying theyre lazy, they are showing theyre the exact opposite, theyre gettin out onto the street and doing something for somethign they believe in, something a lot of people wouldnt be bothered doing.”

      Also, in Dublin if you stayed to the end of the speeches, it was between 4 and 5 hours on your feet from assembly to finish depending on where you were coming from. Which isn’t exactly lazy (my back was killing me by the end of it)

    2. Mickey Twopints


      Don’t be distracted by the fools. Each and every one of those citizens marching the streets in the public gaze contribute more to society than a thousand anonymous cowards tapping on keyboards.

  8. Truth in the News

    Abolish the TV licience too as RTE did not want to mention the protests
    and avoided any mention on current affairs programmes, anyone noticed
    how Finucance kept clear of the issue, get rid TV licience, her fat fee’s Kauputt
    A cull of sacred cows is overdue in Montrose.

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