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How Iceland fought the EU -and won.!


That is a fabulous story about how Icelandic citizens revolted and got a new Constitution after their Irish style” bankruptcy.
thanks for posting the link.
http://collectivelyconscious.net/articles/why-iceland-should-be-in-the-news-but-is-not/
I particularly like this statement:
“The British government threatened to freeze Icelander savings and checking accounts. As Grimsson said: “We were told that if we refused the international community’s conditions, we would become the Cuba of the North. But if we had accepted, we would have become the Haiti of the North.” (How many times have I written that when Cubans see the dire state of their neighbor, Haiti, they count themselves lucky.)”
This story should be brought to the attention of all our citizens.

The nation gathers, to end the water tax scam.

October 11th ,2014. An estimated 30,000 citizens from every part of Ireland step it out and vote with their feet.
Enough is enough. Tax reductions for top earners will not be bought by selling water to the poorest families in Ireland.

Today November 3rd 2014,Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney told the same programme that there is no chance of Irish Water going anywhere.”
Now we see the arrogance of the Blueshirt/Fascist Brigade.
By God, Coveney would not dare address his farmer friends with such temerity.
If the people have to go to war with a FF/FG coalition after the next election (an almost certain outcome now that Sinn Fein have grown so strong) then our answer to Coveney and Rabbite, and the rest of the bloodsuckers is:
We the people are going nowhere-until this despised quango is abolished and a referendum is held to enshrine Irish water in public ownership and “no commoditization” by local authorities to boot.
If a FF/FG coalition are united, and determined to go to war against our communities all over Ireland,on this issue;then the people who have never used their democratic mandate (an incredible 50% of the population!) must present themselves at polling stations in numbers never seen before. This is a war between the Golden Circle of politicians and crony public sector unions;one one hand; against the common people of Ireland who are daily crucified to keep all of them in a lifestyle unknown to working class people.
Coveney has a flawed pedigree -too flawed to be wheeled out as a defender of iniquitous taxation of the poor. Perhaps if the great and good in Irish business and political life had not in previous decades hidden much of their wealth offshore in Ansbacher bank accounts we might have a proper water infrastructure today.
If Bart Ahern and his Soldiers of Destiny had spent less time, during their three terms in office acting as an ATM machine for public sector unions, and investing the money that flowed in, in necessary infrastructure we would not have hundreds of thousands of our citizens marching in th rain for a more just society.
This “Irish Water” quango has to a a political watershed (pardon the pun) in Irish society.We must now become more French than the French themselves, if that is what it takes to clean out the political Oligarchy and their crony unions.

Either we the people will win-and change the political face of Ireland for the first time in history-or a FF/FG coalition will continue to harass us-even after the next election and we lose everything that our forefathers fought for in 1916.
I have no doubt that if Patrick Pearse and James Connolly and Michael Collins,and Sean mcDermott,were able to speak from their graves; they would unite in saying ” ;
The loss of this battle by the common people is too hard to even contemplate”
Let 1916 therefore be the year that; if our political elite are still warring against us over this most profound principal of access to non commoditized water for all our citizens; -let it be a year of a battle won,and true independence and true representatives elected;who are beholden to no union, or business, or industry, or lobby group-but who consider the best interests of all our people before anything else.

What is Joan Burton's I.Q.?

Just how golden is the "golden Circle".?

Hubert Kearns was Sligo County Manager for 17 years and when he retired in 2013 he received a lump sum of 270,000 and a pension of 68,000 per year. His time as Sligo manager was controversial and he left behind a County debt of 80 million. "It's not the end of the world, nobody died," he said about the council's financial woes. At one stage he refused to attend council meetings in a dispute with an independent Councillor and spent more than €50,000 council money hiring HR consultant Declan Naughton to monitor meetings. Asked to comment on reports that his own pay as Sligo Manager, at €136,000, was €30,000 more than that of the Spanish prime minister, Mr Kearns said his salary was fixed by Government. “I am surprised that the Spanish prime minister earns so little.”
So after retiring from Sligo he has his pockets full, thanks to the taxpayer - that's YOU and ME, So, has Mr Kearns taken up fishing? No, Hubert has apparently found gainful employment with Irish Water.

Irish Water, home to retired Council managers, headed up by retired Dublin Manager John Tierney (salary 200,000 Eur). But apparently Irish Water managers (like Hubert?) would have to get by on a measly 100,000. Hopefully though they might be able to survive once the expenses and free cars are factored in.
So you can see good people why it's going to take 20 years to fix all those rusty old water pipes!

"All has changed-changed utterly-a terrible beauty is born"

By Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality, UCD School of Social Justice

The existence of water is not owed to any human accomplishment (Risse, 2014: 196). Humans do not create water. If it stopped raining and if our rivers and springs (and seas) ran dry, we could not produce water ourselves.  While the state (via Irish water) may claim ownership of the network that delivers water, neither Irish water nor the State produces water. Water is a given from nature and is a collective good that is collectively owned

Humanity collectively owns the earth; in the sense that no individual or group produced the earth, so it is collectively owned. Water is produced by the earth and in that sense it is not owned by persons or institutions. It is a public good that cannot and should not be commodified, commercialised or privatised. And it is the duty of the State to protect people’s right to safe, secure, accessible, affordable water.

What I am saying here is that, what is a public good cannot and must not be turned into an investment (profit-making) opportunity for multinational corporations.

Yet, the introduction of a market relationship in the delivery of water in Ireland is a step in the direction of privatisation and commercialisation. It redefines water from being a public good, provided and protected through general taxation, to being a personal service that can be removed if one is unable to pay. It represents the first step in diminishing a person’s human right to water.

The EU and the Privatisation of Water

What many Irish people do not know is that the commercialisation of water is very much part of European Commission policy (Competition Commissioner) The Concession Directive states that ‘the market for water supply should be opened up’.  This is a clear statement of intent to commercialise water and undermine people’s human rights to its usage.  

Moreover, under the bailout programme set up by the Troika in Portugal, the commercialisation of the water supply was a requirement. Similar demands were made for commercialising water supplies in Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece. If the ECB and IMF can force Portugal and Greece to make hand over water to commercial interests, what is to stop them making it happen in Ireland at some future time? Indeed what is to stop the Irish government from selling off Irish Water as a revenue-making option? 

The privatisation of water has happened already in England, where most water is owned and delivered commercially. In France as well, some 70% of the water supplied is commercially owned. However, it is interesting that the City of Paris re-municipalised (returned it to public ownership and control) its water supply in 2008 due to rising costs from commercial operators. The cost of water had increased in real terms by 265% over a 23 year period (from 1985-2008). In the first year of re-municipalisation, the City Council of Paris itself saved approximately €35 million in water charges and the overall costs of water were reduced by 8% for householders. Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur are also major global cities that have re-municipalised their water supplies due to the rising costs of water with commercialisation.

[The Cochabamba Declaration (In Bolivia) late 1990s was made as a result of the privatising and subsequent re-municipalisation of water due to the rising costs after privatisation in that city of almost 2 million people.  It declared that ‘water is a fundamental human right and a public trust to be guarded by all levels of government. Therefore, it should not be commodified, privatised or traded for commercial purposes’.]

This article is part one of a series of three from Professor Kathleen Lynch. It formed part of her contribution at the press launch of the Right2Water campaign.

The blind fools, they have given us back our Fenian dead.

Assault on precinct 13.? or just Coolock Garda station..

Saturday 21st September.Let the battle begin.

An estimated gathering of 3000 people assembled opposite the GPO in Dublin and marched through O'Connell street in opposition to the new water taxes.
There was a lot of anger there as low income families' breadwinners voiced their determination to fight this iniquitous tax.
Locked out employees from the notorious "Greyhound Waste" refuse collection firm who are based offshore in the Isle of Man tax haven, and who pay no taxes whatsoever in Ireland; were also present.
The owners of Greyhound are also determined that their employees will pay no tax-but for a different reason.
They are determined to reduce the wages of their employees to a point where they will not be liable for income tax.!!
It was ironic that the same John Tierney who is overseeing the crippling new water tax regime:did, while manager of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County council- follow the dictates of his boss, one  Martin Cullen (Electronic voting machine scandal) award the contract for refuse collection in Dun laoghaire/Rathdown to two cronies of Martin- namely Brian and Michael Buckley,the owners of Greyhound Waste, in a corrupt manner, while purporting to operate an open and fair tender process for the same contract.

"A terrible beauty is born.."

Anti-water charges campaign groups across Ireland are encouraging the public to remove their water meters and use a €2 plastic plug to keep their water flowing.

According to today's Irish Mail on Sunday, nearly 300 of the devices have already been sold as part of a mass campaign of civil disobedience being run by more than 100 anti-water charges groups.

Irish Water has said it is aware of the practice and has warned people that tampering with a meter was an offence which could result in offenders spending three months in prison and paying a fine of up to €5,000.

More than 100 anti-water charges groups are due to meet in Cork next month to plan a national campaign against the levy.

Burn it on Youtube or send it back.!

integrity Ireland.ie open letter to the new Mistress for Justice

To Mrs Frances Fitzgerald TD (By recorded delivery)

Minister of Justice (3 pages, plus enclosures, ‘cc’ HAFTA database)

Dept. of Justice and Equality

94 St. Stephen's Green

Dublin 2 August 16th 2014

Dear Minister Fitzgerald;


We acknowledge receipt of a letter from your Department dated 8th August 2014—generically

‘signed’ by your Private Secretary Mr Christopher Quattrociocchi—and thank you for the timely

response. However, in particular context of my own previous submissions to your Department as

well as in my role as the administrator of the Integrity Ireland website, I feel it incumbent to note

the following facts ‘for the record’.

Firstly, we reiterate the respectful sentiments in our letter of August 1st, but regret to note that you

have apparently decided not to respect our position regarding corresponding with Mr

Quattrociocchi – and we would ask again that you please sign off personally on any letters coming

from your office, so that we can be assured that you are indeed personally receiving our

correspondences; that the responses sent ‘in your name’ are in fact coming from you; and that Mr

Quattrociocchi is not again indulging in the same underhanded, evasive and obstructive tactics

which he previously engaged in when serving under Mr Shatter. In this particular matter Minister,

we are simply exercising our right not to continue to engage with persons in the employ of the

State who variously mislead, obstruct or deceive citizens in direct contravention of their mandate

to serve the people; for to continue to do so would in effect, make us complicit in that wrongdoing

– something we are not prepared to facilitate.

Secondly, we note that your letter dated August 8th is identical in content to scores of letters sent

out recently to persons who have submitted complaints under the umbrella of the ‘Justice 4 All’

campaign – which includes several signed-up Members of Integrity Ireland, such as myself and my

wife. We also note that a similar generic letter has been dispatched from the Taoiseach’s

Department and likewise forwarded to those who submitted complaints and affidavits directly to

Mr Kenny. As such, neither of those generic letters recently received by us addresses any of the

issues raised by us in any specific manner, so we would respectfully ask again that you please

respond to the contents of our letter of August 1st, and properly address the matters raised therein.


In the meantime, and regarding your reported proposal to create an ‘independent review

mechanism’ to look into the complaints and affidavits submitted, there are certain pertinent facts

that need to be noted as well as certain issues of concern which we believe need to be placed ‘on

the record’ so as to ensure that the proposed ‘independent review’ is indeed thorough and

transparent, and genuinely serves the interests of justice in the eyes of all concerned. In this

regard, we refer to a recent front-page article in the Irish Examiner entitled, “Justice Review of

Gardaí Meaningless” which outlines some serious concerns about this proposed review process

which are shared by a good many Integrity Ireland Members – not least amongst which is the fact

that you are conducting a ‘paper-only’ review without personally interviewing any of the

complainants, and that you have staffed the review panel with seven barristers – in the pay of the

Government – one of whom at least appears to have a demonstrable personal conflict of interest.

You will no doubt understand Minister the legitimate concerns of citizens who have already been

so disrespectfully and contemptuously treated by Government agencies; that a Government-

sponsored ‘paper-only’ review process that answers to the very same Government Department

that has been so heavily criticised of late for ignoring, suppressing and/or dismissing scores of

legitimate citizen’s complaints; is wholly inadequate in dealing with issues that have, quite literally,

destroyed so many people’s lives. Indeed, it could reasonably be argued that this seemingly-

superficial ‘review process’ is just another case of a Government Department investigating itself

before the inevitable finding of ‘not guilty’ on all counts.

Accordingly, it should perhaps be clarified at the outset Minister that from our (citizens)

perspective, there are already sufficient ‘mechanisms’ presently in place to identify and deal with

criminal activity or serious malfeasance by Irish Government employees – and that the respective

Irish and EU laws already provide the Irish Government and Courts with all the tools and sanctions

it needs to deal with endemic abuses of power and position. In other words, if only our State

institutions and authority figures were doing their jobs properly in the first place, then there would

be no need whatsoever for the Government to establish any special ‘independent review

mechanism’ under duress at this belated stage – especially after so much irreparable damage has

already been done to so many people’s lives. Indeed, we believe it should simply be a case of ‘the

authorities’ properly applying the law and respecting the Constitution without fear or favour, and

applying the appropriate sanctions on State agencies or agents who have acted improperly or

illegally – such as would be visited on any ordinary citizen who committed similar acts. That being

said however, we now find ourselves in a position where the Government has – at long last –

apparently committed to investigate hundreds of these complaints at this preliminary level, in

which context we respectfully offer the following important facts for your consideration.

Many of the complaints and affidavits submitted to you and Mr Kenny’s Department have come

from signed-up Integrity Ireland Members whose complaints have already undergone a strict

qualifying process conducted by us using the following criteria:

Does the prospect have legitimate cause for complaint?

.Are there verifiable proofs to substantiate their complaint?

.Has the prospect already engaged with the respective statutory authorities in pursuing their

complaint? (i.e. various authority figures or agencies such as An Garda Siochána; the Garda

Ombudsman; the Law Society; the Department of Justice; the Courts etc).

.Was the response of the various statutory agencies inadequate / inappropriate / dismissive

/ meaningless / unsatisfactory / unacceptable – or otherwise patently unconstitutional?

On the basis of these questions and criteria, as well as personal interviews (some of which can be

viewed online at http://www.integrityireland.ie/videolog.html) we respectfully suggest Minister

that any ‘paper-only’ review (at least in those particular cases which have come from signed-up

Members of Integrity Ireland) will be wholly inadequate if the investigative panel does not also

consult with us on these cases, and/or include a personal interview with the subject.

We also respectfully suggest that any expenses incurred by complainants in preparing and

submitting said complaints or attending any scheduled interviews should be covered by the State,

and that where appropriate, that legal aid is made available in those cases where there are grounds

for taking subsequent civil action against the State. In this regard, we note with some considerable

dismay the ridiculously prejudicial situation where the resources of the State can be deployed

against a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen who takes legitimate civil action against State employees

who have committed (in some cases) very serious crimes indeed. It is highly offensive to any right-

thinking person that State employees can engage in illicit activities with apparent impunity – safe in

the knowledge that a raft of ‘professional’ legal experts in the pay of the State will rally to their

defence, and that the perpetrators personally will never have to bear the costs – or indeed suffer

any real inconveniences for their improper actions – even after causing so much damage in the

lives of ordinary law-abiding citizens. We hope that you will agree Minister that this is a shocking

and indefensible scenario – and one that deserves your very serious attention if you, your

Department and the Government as a whole, are to maintain any sense of legitimacy or credibility.

We also enclose a 5-page document which lists 25 complaints against members of the Gardaí which

was first sent to the Garda Ombudsman Commission in 2011 without any proper response, as well

as details of another serious complaint (on our own personal behalf) which names senior Gardaí

and staff at the DPP’s Office in serial acts of deception which, by any understanding of the term,

constitute a clear conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. These issues have been repeatedly

sent to the various ‘authority figures’ and ‘statutory oversight bodies’ (including to Mr Shatter and

Mr Kenny personally) – again, without any proper response. Indeed, not only was there no proper

response, but these particular complaints were variously suppressed and ignored (by Garda HQ and

the GSOC) in a contrived attempt to try to run them ‘out of time’, and our subsequent efforts to

appeal to the GSOC (which is our statutory right under the respective legislation) was completely

and utterly ignored. We would ask therefore, that these enclosures be assigned new reference

numbers and be delivered to the ‘independent review panel’ for their consideration.

We respectfully ask Minister that you personally confirm that these additional complaints have

been accepted for consideration by the panel, and that you will at least give some consideration to

our suggestion that said ‘independent review panel’ needs to include direct consultation with

representatives from the Integrity Ireland and/or Justice 4 All groups (of our own nomination), and

that once the initial paper review has been completed, that the Government will robustly apply the

rule of law in sanctioning and removing from office those who have engaged in gross negligence,

collusion or criminal activities, and that from now on the resources of our Justice Department

(under your remit) will be properly deployed in defence of citizens’ rights as per the respective

Articles of the Irish Constitution. In this latter matter, we also seek clarity on the specific Terms of

Reference under which the panel intends to operate, thank you.

Finally, we reiterate our sentiments of our letter of August 1st last; noting that there was no

inclusion of any representatives from either the Justice 4 All or the Integrity Ireland groups on the

panels who prepared the recent Government-sponsored Geurin and Toland Reports. Given the

amount of time and effort that has been expended by us to date in our efforts to expose the

endemic corruption, cronyism and cover-ups at the heart of so many of our State agencies, may we

respectfully suggest Minister that for any Government-sponsored panel to be able to form a

comprehensive and balanced view of the real state of affairs, that they need to consult directly and

personally with those who have been most adversely affected.

Yours,

Stephen Manning Belcarra,

Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  

This item from the Evening Herald is a gem.!

http://www.herald.ie/news/were-a-great-country-for-serial-offenders-judge-30542602.html

A JUDGE has described Ireland as "a great little country for people with multiple convictions", claiming that no punishment is a deterrent to them.

Judge John O'Neill made the comments as he sentenced a mother-of-one to six months in prison after she broke into a restaurant, ransacked a back office and stole more than €2,500 worth of cash.

Dublin District Court heard that Winnie Joyce (30) has 93 previous convictions and is currently serving a four month sentence.

Sentencing Ms Joyce to six months consecutive to the sentence she is currently serving, Judge O'Neill said that Ireland was "a great little country for people with multiple convictions. Nothing is a deterrent to them".

The defendant, of Camden Hall Hostel, Dublin 2, admitted before Dublin District Court to burglary at Cedar Tree Restaurant on April 2 last.

The court heard the restaurant manager put €2,700 in cash in a locked box in the office. The office was subsequently ransacked and the cash stolen.

Gardai looked at CCTV footage and identified Joyce as the culprit.

She had been hanging out at a laneway at the rear of the restaurant and entered the building through a back door.

She was later arrested by gardai and admitted stealing the cash, which was not recovered.

Joyce also admitted to a string of public order offences.

The court heard she was pulled from the river at Aston Quay on July 6 last after gardai saw her climbing over a wall. She was intoxicated at the time.

She was also pulled back by officers from entering into the river at Aston Quay, on July 23.

Defence solicitor Kerrie O'Connor said Joyce has a drink problem and is trying to address it.

Ms O'Connor also said the defendant started using drugs when she was only 12-years-old, but she has been clean of heroin and stabilised on methadone for 18 months.

hnews@herald.ie



Desperate smear tactics from irish water.?



http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/death-threats-made-to-irish-water-workers-30513885.html#sthash.n1xUmXgb.dpuf

Hi guys, this is the Marion Finuckan Sunday show. My name is John and I am standing in for her today with “what it says in the papers.”

The Sunday Independent leads with a big headline “ Death threats made to Irish Water workers” it goes on : Protestors branded workers Paedophiles and posted instructions for making petrol bombs”

The mind boggles..

continuing in the same style the article says:

“Irish Water has been forced to monitor the online activity of anti-water charge protesters as demonstrations against workers grow increasingly violent, the Sunday 
Independent has learned.”

Phew:

Petrol bombs, violent demonstrations, This I gotta see.!

Are we in Paris or maybe Pakistan.??

no this story is about peaceful little law abiding Ireland.

“The State water company contacted gardai about a series of disturbing messages posted on social media by demonstrators who suggest murdering workers installing meters and burning their vehicles.!!

In one of the most sinister incidents, protesters caused huge distress for an Irish Water contractor and his family when they branded him a paedophile on Facebook.

Poor Cliff Richard this week too.!

Can we find out the name of the unfortunate contractor-if they can publish the name of pop stars they can publish the name of some non descript water meter contractor.-just in case others come forward to give their story.!

“Another demonstrator posted instructions for making petrol bombs online in an attempt to encourage attacks on workers.”

“On the ground, (in the trenches so to speak) workers have faced violent demonstrations which have seen contractors hit with shovels and pelted with human excrement.

Oh My God. Pelted with human excrement.!

Have Irish Water videoed or photographed these incidents of human brown trouts flying through the air.?

In a statement this weekend, Irish Water said the ultimate cost of the protests will be borne by customers and could lead to higher bills.

The Sunday Independent also understands households that do not have meters installed because of demonstrations may have to wait two years before they can monitor their water usage.

This means they will be hit with potentially more expensive assessed charges.

“Claims made by contractors injured while installing meters will also add to the rising cost of setting up the new utility company.”

Were they injured by the flying brown trout, the shovels, or the petrol bombs. Where did the protestors get these shovels.? Why not just use sticks and stones to chase them from the estate.?

In some communities, households have hit back at protesters blocking the installation of meters. Earlier this year, residents in Raheny, North Dublin clashed with demonstrators preventing contractors from installing meters in the area.

"It has been the case that customers want the meter but the protesters are preventing installation," an Irish Water spokeswoman said. (Smile)

Civil War on the streets.?

Will the army be required.?

The gardai are hampered from using appropriate measures, by the new beefed up Garda Ombudsman.

The worrying escalation of intimidation against workers is understood to have left many "terrified" and Irish Water intends on pursuing prosecutions against several protesters.

"The protests have been very personal and it has left really big, burly guys in tears," a source said.

Well I have seen a few of these burly Ukrainians, Poles and Belorussians water meter installers on the job and I would find it hard to credit that anybody would reduce these muscle men to whimpering babes-particularly the housewives and old men who make up the backbone of most of the protests..

"It is a very small minority of people who believe there is no obligation on them to behave appropriately," the source added.

You may have that seriously wrong boys..

"One guy's picture was put on Facebook and he was called a paedophile. This is a guy with kids." The Sunday Independent understands the picture has since been removed.

Other protesters have encouraged vandalising Irish Water vehicles and faking injury to make claims against the company.

"Personal injury seems to be the way forward, stand stationary get someone to video and the first time that spade hits your shin buckle in two and scream in pain," an online protester wrote on Facebook.

Well that's not exactly a new trick

-why not use “compo culture” warfare in a just cause.??

"I'm actually gonna murder the builders putting in them water meters," another wrote on Twitter.

Both incidents have been reported to the Gardai.!!

This excrement was actually printed in the Sunday Independent.

Does Denis O'Brien own any shares in Irish Water or the water meter installation companies.?

Good news to follow:

“Despite the protests, Irish Water is ahead of its installation schedule and currently has more than 350,000 meters in place.”

more bad shit:

“However, contractors hired to install meters have been forced to leave areas because of protests.

In most cases, workers have been able to return to the locations at a later date and complete their work.”

However, if an area is deemed unsafe or a phase of installation ends, workers will not return and households face the prospect of not having a meter put in place for another two years.

The current phase of installation is due to be completed in 2016.

This would mean the customer will not be able to monitor their water usage and potentially reduce their bill. Instead, they will be charged an assessed rate based on the number of people in a household.

The assessed charge for a family of two adults and two children is €278 a year and bills will begin arriving in October. Once a meter is installed, customers may be entitled to a rebate if they can prove they can save water.

An Irish Water spokeswoman said: "We have temporarily stopped installations in a number of specific areas but have sufficient work in the regions to continue and will be returning to the areas to resume the work in due course, when it is safe for our staff to do so."



It's a wrap folks-thats all the news from Irish Water for now.

John Tierney the CEO of Irish water who issued this press release was not available for interview, but our next video will feature a personal appearance by Martin Goebbels.

Martin will be vilifying some other troublemakers living in the Eastern Mediterranean region, who dont like protesters either.

His old foes who washed up their decades ago are murdering women and children in their thousands,with impunity, at this very moment.

Cheers it's a wrap.!

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Irish Water has been forced to monitor the online activity of anti-water charge protesters as demonstrations against workers grow increasingly violent, the Sunday 
Independent has learned.

The State water company contacted gardai about a series of disturbing messages posted on social media by demonstrators who suggest murdering workers installing meters and burning their vehicles.

In one of the most sinister incidents, protesters caused huge distress for an Irish Water contractor and his family when they branded him a paedophile on Facebook.

Another demonstrator posted instructions for making petrol bombs online in an attempt to encourage attacks on workers.

On the ground, workers have faced violent demonstrations which have seen contractors hit with shovels and pelted with human excrement.

In a statement this weekend, Irish Water said the ultimate cost of the protests will be borne by customers and could lead to higher bills.

The Sunday Independent also understands households that do not have meters installed because of demonstrations may have to wait two years before they can monitor their water usage. This means they will be hit with potentially more expensive assessed charges.

Claims made by contractors injured while installing meters will also add to the rising cost of setting up the new utility company.

In some communities, households have hit back at protesters blocking the installation of meters. Earlier this year, residents in Raheny, North Dublin clashed with demonstrators preventing contractors from installing meters in the area.

"It has been the case that customers want the meter but the protesters are preventing installation," an Irish Water spokeswoman said. The worrying escalation of intimidation against workers is understood to have left many "terrified" and Irish Water intends on pursuing prosecutions against several protesters.

"The protests have been very personal and it has left really big, burly guys in tears," a source said.

"It is a very small minority of people who believe there is no obligation on them to behave appropriately," the source added.

"One guy's picture was put on Facebook and he was called a paedophile. This is a guy with kids." The Sunday Independent understands the picture has since been removed.

Other protesters have encouraged vandalising Irish Water vehicles and faking injury to make claims against the company.

"Personal injury seems to be the way forward, stand stationary get someone to video and the first time that spade hits your shin buckle in two and scream in pain," an online protester wrote on Facebook.

"I'm actually gonna murder the builders putting in them water meters," another wrote on Twitter.

Both incidents have been reported to the Gardai.

Despite the protests, Irish Water is ahead of its installation schedule and currently has more than 350,000 meters in place.

However, contractors hired to install meters have been forced to leave areas because of protests.

In most cases, workers have been able to return to the locations at a later date and complete their work.

However, if an area is deemed unsafe or a phase of installation ends, workers will not return and households face the prospect of not having a meter put in place for another two years. The current phase of installation is due to be completed in 2016.

This would mean the customer will not be able to monitor their water usage and potentially reduce their bill. Instead, they will be charged an assessed rate based on the number of people in a household.

The assessed charge for a family of two adults and two children is €278 a year and bills will begin arriving in October. Once a meter is installed, customers may be entitled to a rebate if they can prove they can save water.

An Irish Water spokeswoman said: "We have temporarily stopped installations in a number of specific areas but have sufficient work in the regions to continue and will be returning to the areas to resume the work in due course, when it is safe for our staff to do so."

Sunday Independent