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Dublin residents halt water meter installation in protest against charges

Local councillor, Ruth Coppinger said it is “scandalous” that so much money is being spent on water meteres when there is a need for a serious upgrade in the water network.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

RESIDENTS IN THE Littleplace area of Dublin 15 disrupted the installation of water meters today in a protest against charges due to be introduced next year.

The residents, as well as members of the Anti Austerity Alliance, disrupted the work for two hours.

Speaking at the protest, local Socialist Party councillor, Ruth Coppinger, said : “It is scandalous that more than half a billion euro is being spent installing meters when the need for serious upgrade of the Dublin water network has been headline news this week.”

On the estate today, we witnessed a brand new fleet of vans, new barriers, diggers, uniforms – a massive outlay of money from the taxpayer in order to charge people for water and eventually sell the network to private companies. Imagine if this money had been invested in upgrading the water pipes and finding secure sources of water for Dublin into the future.

She said the protest was to send a warning to political parties that they will pay the price electorally next May if they persist with “this austerity tax”.

Also at the protest today were Socialist TD Joe Higgins and MEP Paul Murphy:

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The Anti Austerity Alliance plans more protests and public meetings against water charges and austerity generally throughout the next months, it said today. It’s next local meeting is in Kavanagh’s, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock on Thursday 7 Nov at 8pm.

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    Members of the Dublin 15 branch of the Anti Austerity alliance march through the Bramblefields estate.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Members of the Dublin 15 branch of the Anti Austerity Alliance protest beside Irish Water workers.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Socialist TD Joe Higgins talks with staff of Irish Water.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Socialist MEP Paul Murphy pictured at a protest organised by the Anti Austerity Alliance.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Socialist TD for the Dublin 15 area Joe Higgins.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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