Limerick anti-charge campaigners to mount Budget Day protest

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A WEST Limerick group which has spent almost an entire year campaigning against government charges on private householders have vowed to continue their efforts by picketing Dail Eireann on Budget Day next week.

A WEST Limerick group which has spent almost an entire year campaigning against government charges on private householders have vowed to continue their efforts by picketing Dail Eireann on Budget Day next week.

Citizens Against Charges is hoping to bring at least one bus load of protesters from West Limerick to Dublin next Wednesday, December 5 to object to any further austerity measures likely to be outlined by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

John O’Sullivan of Citizens Against Charges said that after months of rallies, demonstrations and public meetings, the group are as determined as ever to keep up their fight.

“We’ll keep it going as long as we can. The plan is to have a bus leaving from Newcastle West, but we might go back as far as Abbeyfeale if we get enough people.

“There should be a good few protesters up there. We’re all expecting it to be a fairly severe Budget”.

Since the group was first set up at a packed protest meeting in the Ballintemple Inn, Newcastle West in January, Citizens Against Charges has taken part in major protests outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis and Labour Party conference. The group is particularly opposed to the household and septic tank charges that were introduced by the coalition this year.

Group chairman Christy Kelly said that they “need to send a clear message to the Government that it is time they targeted those on gold plated salaries and pensions, instead of the most vulnerable and those on lower levels of income who cannot take any more of this austerity”.