People elsewhere might argue that they have to pay water taxes, or charges, but in Ireland, the citizens are already paying increased rates of central tax part of which is earmarked to accommodate the cost of maintaining and upgrading the water supply and infrastructure. Also in 2000, Irish people were given an exemption to the article 9 requirement of the European Commission domestic water directive which requires European governments to charge for domestic water supply, an exemption the current government allowed to expire at the end of 2014.
the establishment of the private water company Irish Water the
accompanying instillation of water meters will charge the people of
Ireland for their water a second time. Irish people have already been
burdened with the highest debt per head (per capita) in Europe (yes more
than Greece) and the second highest in the world only behind Japan.
Ireland owes 42% of all Europe’s debt but with the entire European
population estimated at 506,891,000 Ireland makes up less than 1% of the
population with only 4,630,000 people.
Poverty has doubled in Ireland since 2008. One in five children goes to
school or bed hungry every day. Some teachers have resorted to bringing
in extra packed lunches for children who show up without any. The number
of children living with deprivation of needs currently stands at 37.3%.
In a mortgage lenders report it states that there were 16,683 homes
that could be repossessed in the near future.
There is a very high percentage of working poor in Ireland as well as
unemployed, able workers. The rate of unemployment has been
misrepresented by the government. Time after time they fail to include
the number of people who have been forced to emigrate which has reached
up to 1000 people per week including 10% of the young population. The
unemployment figure including these people would stand at around 20%
which is a far cry from the current state line of approximately 9.8%.
The figures still fail to take into consideration the number of Irish
people who have been forced into internship programmers for an extra €50
per week with the threat of being cut off social welfare. This
particular system is badly managed and is rife with abuse by employers.
Some are using interns to cover maternity leave, or as free labor that
has a turn over period of 9 months; positions that could be filled by
paid workers. There are also 356,000 people in receipt of regular social