Irish Water seems to go from bad to worse, and then sink that bit further down the popularity pit with every passing week.
Recently, Galway residents in the Moyola estate found out that their water supply was contaminated with kerosene, no less. As it turned out, the news came to residents five days after the pollutant was first detected.
With Irish Water’s already poor reputation in Galway now laid out in tatters, the Right2Water Galway branch will hold a symbolic ‘Bury Your Bills At The Funeral Of Irish Water’ protest on Saturday April 11, to coincide with the arrival of the first water bills into people’s homes.
Protesters will assemble at the Spanish Arch at 1pm on the day, and people are asked to bring water charge bills, or any envelope to symbolically represent a water bill, to be deposited in a coffin. A book of condolences will also be laid out, where people can sign their refusal to pay the water tax. The festivities will be followed by a march from the Spanish Arch, up Shop Street, to Eyre Square for a grand final act.
Dette McLoughlin, from Right2Water Galway, said: “We are asking people to attend to give confidence to others in Galway to boycott the water charges. We want to send a message from Galway that the Government’s attempts to undermine and besmirch our campaign is not succeeding.”