Water protest causes council adjournment

Water protest causes council adjournment
Today’s meeting of Donegal County Council was adjourned during a protest by Right2Water Donegal.

Today’s meeting of Donegal County Council was adjourned during a protest by Right2Water Donegal.

The business of the meeting today, Monday, was adjourned after a group of more than 30 people who had protested outside County House in Lifford called on the council to explain why tenants’ details had been passed to Irish Water.

The protesters presented a letter to the meeting shortly after it had commenced questioning why data had been passed to Irish Water despite a vote by the majority of councillors that this would not happen.

The meeting was then adjourned during the first item of business for 12 minutes when members of the protest group demanded to know why data on council tenants was handed over.

During the adjournment, protestors expressed their anger at the situation while members of the council sat mostly in silence.

Protesters placed Irish Water bills in bin bags during the adjournment.

It was agreed that the meeting would complete the item started before Chief Executive Seamus Neely addressed the issue raised by the protestors.

Mr Neely said he was legally obliged to comply with a legal request from Irish Water to provide the data.

The protestors left the meeting after the response from the chief executive.