‘Old people are afraid to flush their toilet’

Gardaí were called to a Limerick housing estate yesterday after protesters prevented Irish Water contractors from installing meters.

Workers arrived at Portland Drive in Ballinacurra Gardens at 7.30am to begin the installation. However, about 50 protesters prevented them from carrying out their work and gardaí were called. The stand-off ended peacefully with contractors removing the barriers and leaving the area.

One woman at the protest claimed old people are afraid to flush their toilets.

“Water is a human right I don’t think we should have to pay to turn on our taps and wash ourselves and to tell our children not to flush the toilets,” she said.

Another man insisted he would not be paying the water tax.

“We are not going to pay our water tax, we already pay tax for our water system. It’s not our fault that successive governments down through the years have left the system rot away,” he said.

Local Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor John Loftus was among those at the protest. He insisted that demonstrations will continue as people do not want water meters.

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