Speaking in Dundalk this evening at a public meeting on Water Charges, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"Sinn Féin's message is clear - we are completely opposed to domestic Water Charges North or South.
"Sinn Féin government in the North has blocked the introduction of domestic Water Charges and we will reverse them if in government in this State.
"We will oppose tooth and nail any attempt to privatise water services.
"Irish Water has become synonymous with everything that is wrong with the Fine Gael Labour Government - cronyism, political manipulation of State boards, threats to citizens and ever mounting taxes on struggling families.
"Water Charges can be defeated at the ballot box but it is vitally important that citizens throughout the State continue to mobilise and campaign for their abolition.
"Pressure needs to be exerted in communities, on the streets and in the Dáil. With unity of purpose and determined action, Water Charges can be defeated."
Tonight's public meeting, which was also addressed by Sinn Féin MP and former Minister for Regional Development in the North, Conor Murphy and Councillors Tomás Sharkey and a Edel Corrigan, heard Mr Adams call for the biggest possible number of people from across County Louth to attend the 'Right2Water' mobilisation in Dundalk on 1st November.