Household Charge protest at meeting

Campaigners against the property and water tax protested in the wind and the rain on Monday afternoon outside Kildare County Council offices as councillors entered the building for their monthly council meeting.

Campaigners against the property and water tax protested in the wind and the rain on Monday afternoon outside Kildare County Council offices as councillors entered the building for their monthly council meeting.

“We’ve been standing outside the council offices since 12.30pm,” said spokesperson Jo Heavey. “We’ve got quite a bit of reaction. We are targeting all the councillors on this issue. We sent them all an email asking them four questions and telling them of our intention to protest in Naas on Sunday May 6 next.” The questions asked included where do you stand on the issue of Household Charge water meters; on austerity measures and on paying unsecured bondholders?

The email also highlighted that 250,000 families are already in arrears with their utility bills and that water was a ‘basic human right’. It also read that 47% or almost 1.6 million people in Ireland now have just €100 to spare at the end of each month, according to new research carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU).

“We would like to know what support we can expect from you if the bailiff comes knocking on our door, or if our electricity or water is in danger of being turned off, after all we elected you to work on our behalf,” she added.

“A lot of them didn’t reply to us only five of them answered so we thought we would come down to remind them in person.”

Kildare County Councillors were also invited to speak on the four questions at the protest march in Naas on May 6 2012 and campaigners are still waiting to hear if any of them will sign up to do so.

The march will commence at the parish church at 2.30pm and make its way to Áras Cill Dára where members of the campaign will also speak.