AAA Limerick candidates take the plunge to fight water charges

first_imgTwitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch NewsLocal NewsAAA Limerick candidates take the plunge to fight water chargesBy Alan Jacques – March 21, 2014 937 Facebook Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Cian Prendiville of the Anti Austerity Alliance addresses a public meeting on water charges in Corbally.LIMERICK’s Anti Austerity Alliance local election candidates have launched a campaign against the imposition of water charges.The party, which recently opened new offices at Lock Quay, recently held a series of public meetings in locations across the city, in a first step towards organising a community-based campaign against what they deem as the “water charges rip-off”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to AAA candidate for Limerick East, Paul Keller, hundreds of people in the city signed a pledge to only vote for candidates who will fight water charges.Speaking at a public meeting in Castletroy, local AAA candidate Madelyn Portley commented, “We have beaten water charges before and we can beat them again.”“In the late 1980’s people such as AAA member Joe Harrington led a mass campaign of non payment which beat the water rates then. These meetings are the first step towards organising a community-based campaign along the same lines to beat them again,” she said.Meanwhile, AAA candidate for Limerick North, Cian Prendiville, told those who attended a meeting in Corbally, that water charges expose all the Government’s “propaganda” about recovery.“They say there’s recovery, yet they are planning more austerity taxes? They say we need ‘discipline in public finances’ but then throw millions in bonuses to Irish Water bosses and consultants. They claim to want to conserve water, but the state is the biggest waster of water, with 41 per cent of water leaking from the network. They should spend the money fixing the leaks, not imposing another bill which people simply do not have the money to pay,” Mr Prendiville concluded.center_img Previous articleYouth justice worker Frankie goes to the pollsNext articleNoel pledges council salary to local groups Alan Jacques New Music: 40Hurtz Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp Linkedin TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCian PrendivilleMusic LimerickWater Charges Print Emaillast_img