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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 May 2016

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges

Enda Kenny, Fine Gael's acting Taoiseach (prime minister), has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over the imposition of unfair water charges. The suspension of the hated levy is a victory for anti-water charge campaigners, particularly the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland) and its strategy of building a mass non-payment campaign.

Paul Murphy, Irish Socialist Party member and Anti Austerity Alliance TD (MP) commented:
Campaigning against Ireland's water levy outside Irish Water, with Paul Murphy TD (second from left), photo by Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

Campaigning against Ireland's water levy outside Irish Water, with Paul Murphy TD (second from left), photo by Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)   (Click to enlarge)

Remember when they said you couldn't get away with not paying? Remember when they said that we would lose in the end as we always do? Remember when they said we were 'leading people to the top of the hill and would then abandon them' (Alan Kelly, environment minister)?

Well, we refused to be scared. We stuck together, we built confidence to triumph over the propaganda and fear and a majority didn't pay. The result is now seen in the outlines of a proposal to suspend water charges for a period of months. It is seen in the sore loser speech of Kelly in the Dail (parliament).

We know that they are going to do everything possible to maintain Irish Water and put water charges on a life support machine. The commission's job will be to find a way to save the project of the commodification of water. So our work is far from done.

We have to demand that Irish Water and water charges are immediately abolished. We have to demand an immediate halt to the metering programme - if they don't, we have to halt it ourselves. We have to demand that the arrears are all now scrapped and those who paid under pressure are refunded.

But as well as organising for total victory, it is also worth taking stock of the likely suspension of water charges that we have forced.

This climbdown is not the result of Fianna Fail (the other major capitalist party - who agreed to water charges in the first place), it is a result of our mass movement. Above all it is a vindication of the thousands of people across the country who actively campaigned for and built non-payment.

The lesson is so clear that it is terrifying for the establishment. Whatever majority they cobble together in the Dail can be defeated by a majority outside the Dail if we have the strategy and tactics to win, and we're not afraid to engage in mass civil disobedience.

Paul is still facing ludicrous criminal charges of 'false imprisonment' over the Jobstown anti-water charge sit-down protest of 18 months ago. He was on a peaceful demonstration that temporarily blocked the car of Labour's Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Joan Burton. Paul, along with 18 protesters in a politically motivated vendetta by the establishment, was subsequently charged.

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