Press Statement- 16th October 2003
Statement Issued by Families:
Anti Bin Tax Families Reply to Slur.
This statement is issued on behalf of the families of Anna Doran and Karen
The scandalous media spin into the fact that Anti Bin Tax prisoners Anna Doran
and Karen Heffernan householders had applied for a waiver is a scurrilous
attempt to discredit the Anti Bin Tax Campaign. Do these people believe if you
are working that you have no right to protest over unemployment? That if you
have not had a relative in hospital that you cannot protest against health cuts
or that you cannot object to cutbacks in education if you do not have any
Everyone has the right to protest. Our mothers did not ask to go to jail. They
were standing with their neighbours and families in peaceful community protest.
It was Dublin City Council, which went to the court and sought to have them put
Having failed to quell the opposition by jailing residents the political
establishment backed up by Tony O'Reilly's media are now trying to discredit
those women and men who made a principled stand to defend the right to effective
The Bin Tax affects everyone. The Bin Service was privatised in thirty-seven
Local Authorities after the charge was established there. And in that situation
nobody gets a waiver. If the Dublin Councils succeed in crushing the opposition
the privatisation of the service, the reintroduction of water charges for other
local services will follow.
To the crime of standing by their neighbours and P.A.Y.E. taxpayers our mothers
It is the Government of tax evaders and bribe takers and the tax exile Tony
O'Reilly who are the real hypocrites.
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