Today a demonstration was held by the Scrap Water Charges Now group outside the Dáil. People Before Profit were one of the groups supporting the protest.

Richard Boyd Barrett with fellow TDs Brid Smith & Gino Kenny

Richard Boyd Barrett with fellow TDs Brid Smith & Gino Kenny

Richard Boyd Barrett said “What we have seen is a massive resistance to the implementation of water charges through the mass boycott of the bills and the huge mobilisations of people. Water charges are hanging by a thread. The election and the continued boycott of bills has rocked the establishment and a crushing blow has been landed against the whole project of Irish Water.

“The protests and boycott of the bills, along with the shift of voters in the general election has fundamentally changed Irish politics. We are beginning to move away from civil war politics and towards a politics based on principals and issues.

“We are calling for whatever government is formed in the next number of weeks to scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water. This must be a red-line issue for the next government. What we can see now is that the vast majority of people are not paying and the numbers of people who are cancelling their direct debits with Irish Water is increasing every day. Irish Water is near to being defeated- this is a huge feat for the people in this country and for people power.”