Here are some of the facts they are unlikely to tell you about water charges.
You already pay €1.2bn for your water through direct and indirect taxes/VAT.
Irish Water does not have the power to garnish your wages/welfare or to plunder your bank account. They cannot turn off your water for non-payment.
You cannot be forced into a contract with a private company. THE METER IS THE CONTRACT. Do not allow them to install a meter.
Your property extends to the stopcock – curtilage – you have legal rights over this zone.
The package in September asking you to apply for your free allowance is another way of tricking you into a contract. Don’t open it, write Return to Sender with No Consent – No Contract written across it.
Irish Water will have to take you to court like any regular company. You have not entered into any contract with them – you cannot be billed by them.
Furthermore, should you protest at the installation of a meter on your property/curtilage, you do not have to supply your name & address to Gardaí unless they are charging you with an offence. Gardaí cannot use the Public Order Act 1994 against you while peacefully protesting – your constitutional rights trump legislation.
Irish Water barriers around your stopcock create a temporary workspace so you are on private property and in the workspace of Irish Water – the matter is a civil matter, the Gardaí have no jurisdiction. If Irish Water want to remove you they must get a court injunction.
Section 8/1994 Act: Failure to comply with instructions of a Garda – 'instructions' of Gardaí must be specific ‘causing a danger to the public’ etc. but your protest is a civil matter not criminal. The 1994 Act only applies to criminal matters. In fact Section 17 can be used against Irish Water's bullying and intimidation tactics.
For further information head on over to Fliuch Off Irish Water.
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