Clare Daly was among a delegation of five TD’s who earlier today visited anti-water charges activists Sean Doyle and Eamon McGrath in Cloverhill Prison. The two Wicklow men have been imprisoned since May 9th because they refuse to accept bail conditions which they believe restrict their right to peacefully protest against the installation of water meters.
Speaking from outside Cloverhill Prison Clare Daly said,
“It is outrageous that two men in their sixties, both with serious medical conditions, have already spent almost two weeks in jail because they peacefully protested against water meter installations. While the men are currently in good spirits and remain defiant there are serious concerns about the impact of a long imprisonment on their health.
This situation is made all the more outrageous by the fact that the water charges have been defeated. Why is Irish Water continuing to spend tens of millions of euro installing water meters for a water charge that no longer exists?”
Clare continued by calling for an end to water meter installations,
“Myself and many other TDs are calling for an immediate end to the water meter installation programme. It makes no sense for installations to continue while there is such uncertainty on the future funding of water services. It is entirely possible that there will be no future use for any of the meters that have already been installed, never mind the meters that Irish Water are continuing to install. It makes no sense to keep throwing good money after bad.”
A ‘Free the Wicklow 2’ protest will take place tomorrow, (Saturday, May 20), assembling at 2pm at Cherry Orchard Hospital for march to Cloverhill Prison. Paul Murphy TD, Joan Collins TD and members of the Doyle and McGrath families will address the protest.