Dublin Business Owners Increasingly Anxious Ahead of Water Charges March
Business owners in Dublin are worried that another anti-water protest that is being staged on Wednesday of next week (December 10th) will have a devastating effect on their business in the lead-up to Christmas.
According to reports the anti-water protest is set to be the biggest yet, as thousands of people are supposed to be marching on the Dáil and fears are escalating that the capital will completely shut down for the day.
“People have the right to protest and water charges are a very emotive issue,” a spokesperson for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce told the Sunday World. “But we hope it will be managed by the authorities in the right way that keeps the city centre open."
The government recently made a massive u-turn on the proposed charges by capping the annual bill. As a result, thousands of more households have reportedly signed up for Irish Water since, but there are still many thousands who refuse to pay the controversial charges.
The Right 2 Water campaign group are predicting that tens of thousands of people will take to the streets next week. It is believed that a number of other marches will also be taking place and they will feed into the main march on the day.
The march is expected to kick off in Dublin at 1pm, with people travelling from near and wide for the event.