Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has today accused MEP Emer Costello of attempting to hoodwink voters on water charges in advance of the European and local elections next month.
Speaking from the campaign trail, Ms Boylan said:
“If it was not so serious the Labour party’s latest attempts to distance themselves from their own decision to impose a water tax on struggling families would be laughable. Sinn Féin in government in the north rejected domestic water charges and as a result successfully ensured the charges were not implemented.
“Prior to the 2011 election the Labour party told voters that they were not in favour of water charges, and used this opposition to campaign against Fine Gael. Yet they conceded water charges in their Programme for Government negotiations. There is no hiding from this fact.
“The bottom line is Labour in government chose to impose a water tax on struggling households. IF Emer Costello or her party colleagues believe for a moment that voters in Dublin believe Labour’s latest spin on the water tax then they are truly disconnected from the electorate.”