Decision to stage Limerick protest is defended by organiser

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK’s spokesperson for the Campaign against Household and Water Taxes Cian Prendiville has defended the decision to hold a protest in the city this afternoon.

LIMERICK’s spokesperson for the Campaign against Household and Water Taxes Cian Prendiville has defended the decision to hold a protest in the city this afternoon.

Mr Prendiville was criticised when he appeared on the Limerick Today programme on Live95FM during the week to promote the event, which is due to begin at 1pm outside City Hall.

The timing of the protest has been criticised because it will clash with the opening stages of the Riverfest barbecue event, which is taking place at George’s Quay.

Responding to the criticism, Cian Prendiville said given the background to the May Day weekend, it was “completely correct” that the protest should take place this afternoon.

“May Day weekend is a workers holiday, that celebrates the gains ordinary people have won through collective struggle, and marks the battles ahead. It is therefore completely correct for those of us opposed to the Household & Water Taxes to mark this weekend by having a rally , celebrating the tremendous victory of achieving 60% non payment in Limerick, and marking the battles ahead - against water taxes and austerity as a whole,“ he said adding that he believed the event would “compliment” the Riverfest activities.