A campaign group opposing water charges are calling on a Galway West TD to sign a pledge abolishing water charges, and to agree to the cancellation of all outstanding domestic water bills.
Right2Water Galway is set to meet with Independent Noel Grealish today to talk about the abolition of water charges.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at Deputy Grealish’s clinic in Briarhill Business Park today, Friday 22 April at 3.30pm.
In a statement Right2Water Galway said the right to water is a basic human right and therefore a “red-line issue”.
“People are extremely frustrated at the lack of action on the issue of water charges, especially as 90 of the TDs elected claimed that they were against the charges. Right2Water Galway is attempting to meet with a number of Galway West TDs to ascertain their position regarding Irish water and the water bills now that they have been elected.”
According to the group, Deputy Grealish said he had seen on social media that a demonstration had been called at his office and he will not go ahead with the planned meeting if that is the case. According to Right2Water Galway, Deputy Grealish said the Gardaí would be called if there was a demonstration.
However the anti-water charges group expressed their “utter astonishment” at this and said the TD had “jumped to conclusions”.
A spokesperson for Right2Water Galway said that the group were “somewhat taken aback” by Deputy Grealish’s reaction.
“No protest demonstration has been called, only an assembly of a Right2Water Galway delegation, as only two representatives actually intend meeting Noel in his office.
“Also, it would appear that the TD has jumped to conclusions about the nature of the assembly if he has threatened a police presence.”
The organisation concluded: “Right2Water Galway calls on Noel Grealish, and other Galway West TDs, to follow the democratic mandate given to the Dáil by the electorate and only support the election of a government that will abolish water charges and Irish Water, as well as cancel all outstanding water bill payments.”