There is now an urgent need for the radical left to come together to form a coherent alliance. In recent months the fight against water charges has been one of the most successful protest movements. The sheer size of the mobilisation forced the government to make some retreats but the fight to abolish the charges continues.
The immediate issue is to prevent the Government forcing schools to take responsibility for assessment for certification, for the Junior Cert. This is, and should remain, the role of the State Examinations Commission.
In 2014, the government was forced to backtrack on water charges by the sheer numbers who came out on street protests. But they are playing a longer game and are not giving up on their wider plans to make us pay for - and eventually privatise – water.
The bible story of Christmas tells of the parents of Jesus searching for accommodation and finding that there is no room at the inn. What an appropriate parable for modern day Ireland in the dying days of 2014.
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.