THE Anti-Austerity Alliance in Limerick has said that all donations received from the public are accounted for by a treasurer, lodged in an account and filed with the Standards in Public Office Commission.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader about the costs incurred by the relatively new party, city councillor Cian Prendivlle said all of the water charges protests in Limerick to date have cost some €1,000 to fund and run.
“The Anti Austerity Alliance does not accept donations from big business. Nor do we get the massive level of funding from the state that sees Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour get up to €11m a year combined,” said the city councillor.
“Instead we rely on ordinary workers and unemployed people to fund our work, through donations and collections towards the costs of meetings etc.
“All this money is counted by our treasurer, lodged in our account and reported at our activist meetings and, where relevant, to Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).
“We make no secret of our fundraising, in fact I see it as a virtue that we are funded by the very same working class people we fight for. This ensures that no big businessman pulls our strings,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Similarly, he said, the We Won’t Pay campaign has been funded entirely through small donations made by thousands of supporters across the city.
“Anyone involved in community campaigns, or local sports clubs, know that any event has costs. Posters, leaflets, placards, room hire for public meetings all cost money,” he explained.
“The fact that people are willing to give small donations to cover these costs is a sign of the huge support out there for the fight against water charges, and that people see the need for building a serious boycott of the bills.”