Donegal Water Charge Protesters Demand Answers To Data Protection Question

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Donegal anti water charge protesters disrupted Donegal County Council meeting in Lifford on Monday April 13.  The protest was organised by the Donegal Right2Water group. Margo McGrory, Inishowen, handed a letter to the Chief Executive Seamus Neely, objecting that council tenant's private data was handed over to Irish Water.

 Margo McGrory handing over letter to the Chief Executive             

Margo McGrory handing over letter to the Chief Executive











 

The Letter Stated
" It is a great disappointment to learn that, although voted against by the majority of Councillors, Donegal County Council passed on council tenant's private information to Irish Water.
Residents in Donegal were not asked for their authorisation to have such details imparted but rather received a letter informing them of the decision taken on their behalf.
Much outrage and anger has been expressed by tenants who feel that this is a viotaion of their privacy.
It has been noted that when a tenant moves into a new Council house, the Council is under no obligation to pass their details on to ESB/Bord Gais etc.
Why in this instance would residents details automatically be passed on to Irish Water?
Residents would like to know why you overruled the Councillors decision as they feel totally betrayed as a consequence."
The meeting then continued on to the order of business.  Some protesters were not happy with that and demanded an answer to their grievances.

 Cllr N Crossan,

Cllr N Crossan,

Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Ind, who chaired the meeting adjourned the order of business for 10 minutes because members of the public demanded answers to their legitimate grievances.  During the adjournment protesters expressed their anger while councillors sat in silence.
The meeting reconvened having agreed that Chief Executive Seamus Neely would address the issue after the item of business that was started before disruptions finished.
Cllr. Crossan said that they would ask the Chief Executive to give a reply during his Manager’s Report.  He warned he would adjourn the meeting again if there were any interruptions.

 Seamus Neely

Seamus Neely

In his report on the matter, Seamus Neely explained that since the time the councillors voted on the matter, they had received a request for data under Section 26 of the 2013 Water Services Act.  He said  that while councillors make some decisions, others are carried out by the council executive.  He said that he pointed out at the time that if a request was made by Irish Water, he would be obliged to comply with it.  He said that if he didn't arrange passing on the information, he would be disobeying a lawful request.

 

 

Buncrana Against Irish Water Vigil For The Dublin 5

Our 5 day vigil outside An Garda Siochana station, Buncrana, in support of the Dublin 5 water meter objectors, Damien O Neill, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty, Derek Byrne and Paul Moore.  This was a way of showing our support for the prisoners, as well as our disgust at the way our government, the judicial system and Irish Water have and are treating them.  It is a totally unfair system where Irish Water are using hundreds of thousand of euros of our money to take injunctions against water protestors who could not afford a fraction of that.  These protestors went to jail for their convictions rather than succumb to the bullyboy tactics of the Fine Gael/Labour government.  The five protestors only acted in the interest of people of Ireland protecting our national resource, water, for future generations against the avarice of a multinationals.
We called on our government to release the Dublin 5. We have repeatedly called on the government, Irish Water and An Garda Siochana to meet with the public to discuss a peaceful way forward as demonstrated by residents of Moneymore Drogheda.  To date only An Garda Siochana have met with us. Why has this peaceful solution not been taken up by all concerned. Why do the Government and the national media dwell on violence and negativity while on the ground we have the success story of the community in Moneymore.

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