Tipperary water protests boil over

Protesters showing placards reading: "Roscrea Against Water Tax." Hundreds joined the march in Roscrea against water charges on Saturday.
Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets across Tipperary on Saturday to say ‘Irish water will be free’.

Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets across Tipperary on Saturday to say ‘Irish water will be free’.

Nenagh, Roscrea, Cashel, Tipperary town, and Carrick-on-Suir all saw massive protests organised by campaign group Right2Water, with a visible presence by Sinn Féin and local opposition TDs. Another rally is planned for Thurles next Saturday at 2pm. Estimates put the numbers at 700 in Nenagh, 1,200 each in Cashel and Tipperary, 300 in Roscrea and about 500 in Carrick. There was a palpable sense of anger that the taxpayer could take no more. “I just think that water is a basic human right,” said Alison Shelley from Rosegreen at the Cashel march. “It’s a public resource. We’re paying for enough already. We have to take a stand.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.