More than 700 people attended a protest in Ennis on Saturday against the introduction of domestic water charges.
A second protest, once again organised by ‘Clare says no to water charges’, will take place on November 1st.
Sinn Fein Councillor Mike McKee who attended the protest said that the Government “needs to listen to the widespread public anger that exists against the imposition of water charges and take heed of the Clare people who are now rightly organising and mobilising in protest and opposition to these water charges.”
He said: “Sinn Féin is opposed to water charges North and South. We believe water is a right for all our citizens and is paid for through general taxation. The charges being implemented by the government are in essence just a cover for a new tax.
“The government does not need to introduce these charges. Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget document identified how water should be paid for. Yet the government continue to press ahead with water charges while lowering tax on the higher earners.
“Sinn Féin is committed to campaigning against these charges and in Government will abolish them. This government is not immune to public pressure and reacted in the budget to the by-election results and the scale of the protests in Dublin. I firmly believe these charges can be beaten on the street and through the ballot box,” Cllr. McKee added.