A Dundalk based anti household tax group have come up with a new campaign which encourages the people of Dundalk to return Irish Water envelopes addressed to them.
The video, made by local man Marcus Howard and set in Dundalk, feartures a man called Elvis (who is dressed like Elvis) returning a letter from Irish Water, all to the sound track of the classic Elvis ditty ‘Return to Sender’.
The video entitled ‘Water Rates Dundalk’s Answer’ can be viewed on Youtube and features Elvis and a number of other disgruntled potential water charge payers walking down Clanbrassil Street to post letters.
They also hold up placards with “No consent, no contract”.
The group have also launched a new website, called ‘yourwater.me’ which lays out their manifesto regarding water charges.
The website states: “Irish Water cannot legally force you to enter a contract with them. Irish Water cannot legally force you to pay water charges. Irish Water cannot access your bank account to deduct money without your consent. The Irish government cannot legally deduct money from your wages, social welfare or pension on behalf of Irish Water without your consent.
“The Irish government cannot legally force you into a contract with a private company without your consent.”
Dundalk No Household Tax are leading the movement against the charge, and resisting the installation of the meters will likely be part of their strategy.
Commenting on the start of the Irish Water metering in Louth, Irish Water, Managing Director, John Tierney said: “We have been working closely with Louth County Council for a number of months to ensure that plans are in place for the efficient and managed rollout of our water metering programme.
“I would like to compliment Louth County Council staff for the highly professional manner in which they have helped us prepare for this programme. We are committed to installing water meters with minimum inconvenience to householders and communities.”
Meters will be installed outside domestic residences connected the public water mains generally between 7:30am and 7:30pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.
Each meter installation will take from 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the work to be carried out. Meters will be placed in a meter box, fitted underground in the public footpath outside the homeowner’s property.