This government's endorsement of water charges today and their clear attempt to force private tenants to pay up against their will by changing the law on deposits raises serious questions about the nature of our so called democracy. In such a situation, people have every right to engage in peaceful mass civil disobedience. That is why we say: Make December 10th the day you have your say on why we must scrap water charges.
Relatives of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation have thanked all the Dublin City councillors, including those from the People Before Profit Alliance, who rejected the proposal by Dublin City Management to transfer council property in Moore Street to Chartered Lands Limited.
Please see attached the letters sent on their behalf by their legal advisor.
Contrary to what this government would have people think, Ireland does indeed have an exemption from domestic water metering and charging as defined in the EU Water Framework Directive (Article 9.4). This was brokered by the Irish government back in 2000, as a result of the massive and successful resistance throughout the 1990s to the attempt then to impose water charges, forcing the government of the day into a full retreat.
Tens of thousands have marched but the government is not listening. They have
given some concessions but once there is any water charge, it can always be
increased in future.
This government never got a mandate for its policies. The Labour Party was
elected on a promise to oppose water charges. So where is the democracy in all
People Before Profit welcomes the opening of a Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast which will give women in Northern Ireland easier access to legal abortion. We wish to express our support and solidarity with those who have worked tirelessly for many years to bring this about. People before Profit supports the right of all women, North and South to access free, safe and legal abortion.
Tina MacVeigh People Before Profit representative in Dublin South Central said, “It is scandalous that one of the biggest banks in the country has not processed payments on client accounts for the past 48 hours."
At a press conference today in the Mont Clare hotel in Dublin, the People Before Profit Alliance said that the government were lying and deceiving the public about the provisions of both the Fiscal Treaty and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
PBPA said the government had refused to acknowledge the enormous level of further cuts and austerity that would be necessary to meet the deficit and debt targets contained in the Fiscal Treaty, even though the figures were well known to them.
The People Before Profit Alliance will hold a press conference on Wednesday 2nd May to launch its campaign against the Fiscal Treaty.
The Press Conference will take place in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St. at 11.30am.
On Saturday 31st March, over 3,000 from across the country packed into the National Stadium for a rally against the proposed Household Tax. Such was the crowd that the hall soon filled and people had to come together in the cark park and speakers gave their speeches outside too.
Speakers on the day included: Joan Collins TD (pictured below), Richard Boyd Barrett TD (pictured above), Joe Higgins TD, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan TD, Clare Daly TD, Cllr Brid Smith, Jimmy Kelly (Unite Trade Union) and speakers from a variety of other campaigns such as Vita Cortex.
On the same say 2,500 people marched in Donegal, 1,000 in Longford and thousands in other areas such as in Kerry.
There is a protest planned for next Saturday at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.
Protest at Fine Gael Ard Fheis
Saturday, 31st March
Assemble 1pm, Parnell Square, Dublin
Marching to Convention Centre (North Wall Quay) 2pm