Who will protest for those who need it most?
SOCIALIST TD Paul Murphy was quoted in recent days as saying he was ‘elected to break the law’.
He was speaking about the water charges, of course and added that he engages in ‘civil disobediance’ all the time.
Deputy Murphy appeared to be quite sure of his decision to boycott water charges but once again the innocent meter installers were getting an earful about the issue for simply trying to do their job.
The water charge issue has rumbled on for so long now and I for one am getting worn down by listening to the whole thing.
There are so many more important issues that are at risk of being overlooked due to constant and incessant debate on the water saga.
The water charges are the last straw for a lot of people who agree that clean water with an adequate infrastructural system doesn’t come for free but as they now cannot afford the charges they have taken to the streets.
It is good to see people standing up for something they believe in but some of those I hear speaking about it seem to be enjoying it just a little too much, almost as if they go along for the day out.
The thing is however, the time to really protest about crippling charges being imposed on us was years back when the USC was introduced. The water charges are only a fraction of this and should be affordable if our tax system was structured better.
As someone who has been paying for water and sewage services privately since the day I took out my mortgage this gets on my nerves because there are some people in society who want everything for nothing.
Where is my tax rebate on this? I’d say I’ll be waiting for a long time.
When it comes to money nothing will get people onto the streets quicker and nothing gets tempers flaring.
Why are there no protests about the appalling treatment of those in Aras Attracta, the homelessness on our streets and the reduction in Childline services?
How come these issues get a few days of lip service, temporary outrage and are then forgotten about? Where are the people of Ireland when it comes to standing up for those who need a voice and protection?
We see report after report commissioned with no clear outcomes and no accountability and we accept this without question, and why? Because as long as it doesn’t affect us directly we sadly, just don’t care enough.
Paul Murphy TD who said he was elected to break the law.