In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance and member of the steering committee of Right 2 Water said that demonstrations against water charges would take place across the country today– “sending a clear message to the government that so-called concessions” on the issue had “not quelled public resistance to the unjust and regressive austerity tax.”Deputy Boyd Barrett said demonstrations would take place in numerous towns and cities tomorrow including – Blanchardstown, Carlow, Clondalkin, Clonakility, Cork City, Dublin City Centre, Dun Laoghaire (Assembling Connolly Station, Hueston Station, Rialto & Christchurch), Dun Laoghaire, Edenderry, Galway, Greystyones, Kells, Letterkenny, Listowel, Laois, Tullamore, Wexford, Enniscorthy, Wicklow Town & elsewhere.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said today’s protests would be the “opening salvo of an escalating campaign against water charges and the failed policy of austerity in 2015” and that further campaign actions would follow in March in the run-up to bills being sent out by Irish Water at the start of April. Deputy Boyd Barrett will be speaking at demonstration in Dun Laoghaire (Assembling Glasthule Dart Station 12 midday) and will later join a demonstration in Dublin city centre. Richard Boyd Barrett said:“The government desperately hoped that the Christmas break and their so-called “concessions” would diffuse opposition and public anger to the hated water tax. Today they will receive a clear message that the resistance continues and will escalate over the coming months.“Today we will see tens of thousands of people on the streets across the country, stating their clear intention to continue the resistance to these unjust charges and those numbers will swell over the coming months as we approach deadline for the sending out of bills by Irish water.The friends of the government, in various quarters, have been hoping and wishing that the massive popular rebellion against water charges and the wider austerity agenda would end – they are sorely mistaken!The election results in Greece, soon to be repeated in Spain, are part of a growing revolt against the failed polices of austerity, which is now sweeping Europe. Ireland is no exception and we will see that manifest on the streets and in the ballot box over the coming year.”