O’Dea and Harkin set down marker on Irish Water demands.

Sligo News File Online.

More than a hundred attended a meeting ahead of a planned major rally against water charges in Ballina next weekend.

Last night’s meeting in the town heard demands for the abolition of the Irish Water utility and a referendum to block commercial exploitation or privatisation of the country’s water resources.

It’s understood that TDs and councillors were invited but failed to make an appearance.

One of those behind the planned protest said upwards of 10,000 flyers were being circulated for what was hoped would be a strongly supported public rally.

He said “The assembly point for Saturday’s protest is the Diamonds’ car park, and a march through the town is set to commence from there at 2 pm.”

The protest is being organised by the Mayo branch of National Citizens Movement, “a body formed to fight Irish Water in the courts and to get accountability from our government.”

Protest marches are also being organised for next Saturday in Sligo, Castlebar and other towns and cities throughout the country as part of a national anti water charges campaign.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail front bench spokesman, Willie O’Dea has said he will not provide his PPS number to Irish Water while MEP Marian Harkin is urging the public to oppose proposed Irish Water charges for leak repairs. However, both it seems will be paying the charges for water.

Irish Water has also come under pressure in the Senate to move forward with plans for sewerage treatment plant upgrades in Tubbercurry, Grange and Strandhill.  The issue was raised by local
senator Marc MacSharry. Existing facilities were “substandard” he