May day protest against charges throughout county

Some of the protestors at the May day cavalcade.
The Kildare Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes held a May Day protest in solidarity with workers across Ireland and Europe to decry austerity.

The Kildare Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes held a May Day protest in solidarity with workers across Ireland and Europe to decry austerity.

“At least 40 cars staged a motor cavalcade, starting from the Woodies car park, Monread, Naas, through the towns of Naas, Newbridge and Kildare, finishing up with a rally at Tesco car park in Kildare Town. Each car was decorated with yellow and black CAHWT paraphernalia, with one car towing a trailer carrying a purpose built house, painted yellow and black depicting the messages of the people supporting the campaign,” said a Kildare CAHWT spokesperson.

“Slogan’s included Enda Kenny’s now famous remark in his 1994 election campaign that “It is morally wrong, unfair and unjust to tax a person’s home”. Another wall of the house listed all of the Kildare TD’s salaries and expenses asking “Are they worth it?” Begging the question, do they even understand our problems?”

The spokesperson said the cavalcade was met with fantastic support through the streets of each town, with people giving the thumbs up, honking horns and some motorists joining the protest for the remainder of the route.

“The CAHWT in Kildare want to ensure local people that there is a strong presence of resistance county wide to these home taxes. We, the ordinary people are in this together, to support each other in the fight against the unjust austerity measures and to call our local politicians to account.

As the property tax deadline looms, the Campaign Against Home and Water Tax will have a constant presence on the streets of Co. Kildare,” she added.

- Niamh O’Donoghue