Opposition growing to water charges in Clare

Clare looks set to become a major battleground on the issue of water charges with hundreds of Clare people now pledging to oppose the instillation of water meters and refuse to pay water bills.
More than 200 people turned up to a public meeting in Ennis last weekend with an informal group being organised to oppose the introduction of charges in Clare. The group, which is called “Clare says no to Water Charges” have also organised a Ennis protest against water charges, which will take place on Saturday, October 18, while they are also organising for buses to travel from Ennis to a national protest in Dublin on October 11.
The meeting was hosted by Fís Nua local election candidate, Niamh O’Brien, along with water campaigners Paul Whitmore and Micheal J Campbell.
The meeting heard a number of arguments against the introduction of water charges while concerns were also raised over what was described as the “heavy handedness” of Gardai in other parts of the country when dealing with water protesters.
A facebook group set up in the name “Clare says no to Water Charges” has attracted some 1,500 members over the last two weeks.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of short stories can be viewed on Where The Rain Falls at https://wheretherainfallslifeemerges.blogspot.com/ Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on [email protected]


  1. Thanks to Clare People for paying attention to the concerns of residents. The meeting was a much needed source of information that so many have been lacking. Dozens of local groups have sprung all across Ireland to organise protests and resistance to the privatisation of water. Right2WaterIreland and National Citizens Movement, two of the clearinghouse pages on Facebook, post a wealth of information every day. Best of all is when we can meet face to face to share information and to coordinate our efforts.


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