Leaking of Water Charge Protest video to Irish Independent poses serious questions – who leaked it & to whom?

Paul Murphy TD for the Anti-Austerity Alliance has responded to the leaking of a video to the Irish Independent and said that it posed questions as to who leaked it and to whom it was leaked:
Paul Murphy TD for the Anti-Austerity Alliance has responded to the leaking of a video to the Irish Independent and said that it posed questions as to who leaked it and to whom it was leaked:
“The Irish Independent has a video on their website and an article in today’s paper about an undercover recording of me saying that “I’m elected to break the law”. It may be a sharp way of posing it, but it is self-evidently true and doesn’t need an undercover video to establish it. The clue is in the phrase ‘civil disobedience’ which I said and is clearly audible but is replaced with “(unclear)” in the subtitles in their video for some reason.

“I was elected on a platform of a boycott of water charges and saying I would assist people who didn’t want water meters in refusing to have them imposed on them. The charges and the imposition of meters are the law – they are unjust laws, which I was elected to break as part of a campaign of mass civil disobedience. For all of the Independent’s mock outrage, that is not the real story here.

“The real story is why this video was leaked now and to whom. It is a video taken secretly by a Supervisor for Farron’s, a subcontractor imposing meters for Irish Water in Dublin South West. Presumably the video is the property of Farron’s or Irish Water, not of the individual. So a decision was made by Farron’s or Irish Water to give this video to the Irish Independent at this stage. Why?

“Is it connected to the fact that during the week in the Dail I spoke out about very serious harassment and intimidation by private thugs hired by GMC Sierra in Dublin 7? That I repeated these statements on Prime Time on Thursday night?

“Another interesting question to ask. During my appearance on Prime Time, you will see that Regina Doherty TD uses the exact phrase “Paul thinks he was elected to break the law” as one of the first things that she says. Is that purely a coincidence, or had she seen the video and been prompted to ask the question? If it is a coincidence, it is quite a striking one, given that the video was released on the Independent site less than 36 hours later.

“To summarise what seems to be the likely sequence of events – I raise a concern about the Denis O’Brien owned GMC Sierra using private thugs to intimidate people. A video is leaked by Irish Water or Farron’s to the Independent Newspaper and possibly to Fine Gael designed to undermine me.”

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

Greece: Government brings forward presidential election

Next Article

The movement from below – working class self-organisation

Related Posts
Read More

Warning – Water charges coming back!

By Councillor Mick Barry

GREEN PARTY Minister for the Environment John Gormley spoke in April of the inevitability of the return of domestic water charges. With the Commission on Taxation due to report to the government in July on methods of increasing tax revenue and with another Budget due in December, this represents a real threat to workers and their families. Minister Mary Hanafin told the Irish Times last December, “If we had domestic water charges in Ireland, families would be paying €700 or €800 per annum.”

Read More

Water charges struggle: The lessons for today

Water charges were strongly resisted throughout the country since 1983. In the end it was the intense battle waged in Dublin for three years which resulted in their abolition in 1996. There were many facets of this campaign but this article will try to outline the key lessons that can be learned and on that basis pose the tasks facing the new movement against refuse charges.