State and Irish Water Fraudulently Intimidating Tenants
We heard Irish Water yesterday announcing that if a tenant in rented accommodation fails to pay the new water charges (taxes), or fails to register with Irish Water, then the landlord would be liable for the bill. We even heard Michael Noonon musing on radio over the issue that if tenants didn’t pay it then the landlord could raise the rent to cover it.
Now we read today (according to RTE News) that Meath County Council has written to all Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) tenants advising them that they could face eviction if they do not pay their water charges. This is clear State intimidation and has gone beyond the bounds of decency.
What we are witnessing here is the usual government divide and conquer campaign they always use to force through every punitive tax they dream up for the bankers’ benefit. They tried before to set different sections of the community against each other, the haves and have nots, and now they are trying to drive a wedge of fear and resentment between landlords and tenants, To panic landlords and scare tenants.; and yet it is all untrue… all of it
Already Irish Water have climbed down off their horse and appologised for their deliberate misinformation, and do not believe for a minute it was a “mistake”, it was very considered. These people know well that most people will not hear the follow up retraction and so a large number of landlords and tenants will still be acting under false information. They do this to chip away at the mass non compliance movement.
So to back up Irish Water we have Meath Council, dominated by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael (23 to 17), sending out letters to ramp up the fear based on the same lies. If they try and tell you it was a reaction to Irish Water’s statement that is a lie too, it takes more than 24 hours to process a letter for all the tenants and get it delivered. This has the smell of prior orchestration at party level despite the denials of the DoE
Let’s get this straight. The government claim this isn’t a tax but a utility, yet here they are trying to have it both ways. If a “customer” of a utility company doesn’t pay a bill it is impossible for the company to attach that unpaid bill to anyone else; there is NO BASIS IN LAW to do that. It is IMPOSSIBLE. Yet we have Michael Noonan pretending it might be true and these thugs and extortionists in the council and Irish Water trying to scare people into consenting to become customers. Do not give in to this bullying by the State and its minions. Do not let them divide the people as they always do. Your real enemy is not your neighbour; it is those extorting money from all of you for their elite masters in the international banking sector
We would remind the Government, Councils and Irish Water that this kind of activity is an offence under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997Sections 9 and 10, and we encourage those who have been affected to seek redress under this Act, and possibly even the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.
It is DDI’s policy to end water taxation and disband Irish Water as a company limited by shares to prevent the government selling it off in a full privatisation. We will put our water and waste services back into municipal control. DDI plan to create publicly owned Irish Water Board to oversee and improve on a national level the current overly fragmented system run by the councils. This way we hope to improve services with a national strategy to deliver clean unfluoridated water to the entire country and better coordinate and guarantee supplies, as well as rationalising resources, costs and overheads. The benefits will cede to the people rather than private shareholders.