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CAHWT condemn threats by Bord Gais Chief Executive to ration water to those who support boycott

7 November 2012
Press statement: Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes
Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes condemn threats by Bord Gais Chief Executive to ration water to those who support boycott
Responding to the remarks by Bord Gais Chief Executive, John Mullins, yesterday in the Oireachtas Environment Committee that water tax non payers could face a reduced supply Gregor Kerr, CAHWT spokesperson and former secretary of the successful Federation of Dublin Anti Water Charges Campaign which successfully defeated the last water tax in the mid 1990s said
“John Mullins’s remarks are a clear sign that they have lost the political argument already about the water tax. Otherwise he would not have to resort to bullying threats. Leaving aside for one moment the widespread opposition to this unjust charge, as was evidenced in recent opinion polls many people will not be able to pay. Already thousands of families have had their electricity cut. It is clearly the intention of the government to turn water into a money making utility so these threats do not come as a surprise to us.”
“The water tax will be fought just as hard as the household, property and septic tank charges. These are all austerity measures, bail out money and will not enhance public services one jot. Just like the successful campaign of the 1990s when the campaign responded to threats, disconnections and court action we will do precisely the same again.”

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1 Response to “CAHWT condemn threats by Bord Gais Chief Executive to ration water to those who support boycott”


  1. 1 David
    November 8, 2012 at 11:59

    Its good to hear that some people still have the balls to challenge unfair and unrealistic taxs. My recollection is when household rates were removed the government introduced an increase in vat / duties on carbon fuels (diesel & petrol). This was the substitute for local rates. The money was supposed to come from central government to the local councils. Now they are unwilling to transfer this money…. it’s now in the black hole of our government. What was it that Enda Kenny said in 1974 “Its morally wrong unjust and unfair to tax a persons home” and equally to restrict or reduce our ability to access water. Shame on our government and the opposition parties.


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