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'Bin the Bills' anti-water charge protest held in Limerick

Councillor Cian Prendiville said they want a big turn out to “show the government that we will not be bullied”.

A MARCH AGAINST water charges took place in Limerick this afternoon.

The We Won’t Pay campaign held a ‘Bin the Bills’ protest which started 2pm at City Hall.

It came as the first batch of Irish Water bills were dropped through letterboxes on Wednesday morning.

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The protest was addressed by Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. The Anti Austerity Alliance launched a “counter-offensive” against Irish Water outside the utility’s HQ in Dublin on Thursday.

Anti-austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville said they want a big turn out to “show the government that we will not be bullied, and boost the confidence of those unsure whether to boycott or not”.

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The water bills will be for €40 or €65 every quarter, but opponents say that if paid the charges will rapidly rise.

Prendiville said, “Every company will use ‘special introductory offers’ to try lure you in, but if the vast majority pay up, the political pressure will be gone, and not only will the charges likely remain, they will go up to around €200 per person as always intended”.

He said he wants people to hold off on paying the water bills “at least til the General Election, when we can force the abolition of these charges”.

Read: Paul Murphy was a bit concerned there wouldn’t be enough bills to bin at his ‘Bin your Bills’ protest>

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