Economist Dan O'Brien and distinguished University of Limerick academic Peadar Kirby have come together to organise a vigil in support of Irish Water which will take place this Wednesday, December 17th from 6pm outside the gates of Leinster House. The vigil is timed to coincide with the Seanad's vote on the Irish Water bill.
In a joint statement issued last night, O'Brien and Kirby said: "It has become clear to us that there is a serious danger that the Irish Water bill could be defeated in the Seanad on Wednesday. In normal circumstances this would only force a delay of three months. But given all that has happened such a delay might prove terminal. We have come together to call on the Irish people to assemble at the gates of our national parliament to help soften the spines of those few wavering Senators, more than a few of whom we have met personally at dinner porties. If this Bill is defeated in the Seanad it could lead to the collapse of Irish Water, which would represent a huge victory for the forces of uncouthness and general smelliness. We feel it's time bald economists and academics came together and united against our common enemy. We have nothing to lose but our immense opinion of ourselves."
Speakers will include Senator Ivana Bacik, Kothy Sheridan of The Irish Times, and Fionnan Sheehan of the Irish Independent who has vowed to turn up wearing underpants made exclusively from the hair of Denis O'Brien.
|Denis O'Brien is the one on the right.|
There will also, we hope, be ecumenical prayers led by some Church of Ireland Bishop or other. If anyone knows any such Bishops, or even someone who's prepared to spend the evening pretending to be a Vicar, give us a call on 1890 448 448. We'd be happy to slip such a 'Vicar' a few Euros and maybe set him up with a nice girl for afterwards.
And now a message from the CEO.
BREAKING NEWS Labour Senator John Gilroy has endorsed the vigil on Twitter:
@KevinHIpoet1967 that's a good idea, I'll talk to you then- DM me on Wednesday
— Senator John Gilroy (@JohnGilroyTeam) December 14, 2014