Belfast Telegraph

Campaign against water charges

Campaigners opposed to water charges say they will leaflet every house in the country in the coming weeks as part of a proposed nationwide boycott.

As bills begin falling on doormats this week, the We Won't Pay group claims their information drive will give people the "confidence" to reject what is being branded another austerity tax.

Michael O'Brien, an Anti Austerity Alliance councillor on Dublin City Council , said the campaign will set out to debunk government "scare tactics".

"The Government will step up their threats and propaganda over the next few weeks," he said, at a press conference outside Irish Water headquarters in Dublin.

"It is important that their scare tactics are answered by those opposed to the charge.

"The We Won't Pay campaign has produced a leaflet that debunks the Government's bluster and will answer people's questions and fears and give them the confidence to boycott the bill.

"We are launching this call for campaign groups, communities and activists across the country to help make sure that this leaflet gets through every door across the country."

The controversial new utility company began sending out the first of 1.5 million bills to households around the country yesterday.

It will the next two months for all the bills to be delivered for this year.

Homes are liable for the new charges from January 1.

A "Bin the Bill" protest has been organised for outside the Dail on April 18.


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