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Molloy - Sinn Féin to step up anti-water charges campaign

9 October, 2003

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, former chairperson of the Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee Cllr Francie Molloy, who is heading Sinn Féin's anti-water charges campaign, has pledged to fight the introduction of the charges in the council, on the streets and in any Assembly and Executive formed after elections. He was speaking at a press conference also attended by party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin announcing that the party will be taking an anti-water charges road show to towns and cities across the north in the coming weeks.

Mitchell McLaughlin said:

"In a number of councils there has already been a formal rejection of the proposals to introduce water charges. In the coming weeks Sinn Féin will be taking our anti-water charges road show to the streets in towns and cities across the north. I am also pledging to fight the water charges in any Assembly or Executive formed after elections, assuming the British government allow elections to proceed.

"British direct rule Ministers say there is no alternative. I disagree. We need to secure the levels of investment comparable to the money they have spent on water services elsewhere and we need to ask what was wrong with the system where payment was incorporated within the rates system with its inbuilt mechanism to protect people on low incomes.

Cllr Molloy said:

"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the introduction of the water charge. We are not alone. Throughout the Six counties trade unionists, politicians, and men and women from all sections of our society oppose the imposition of this form of taxation. It is unfair. The British government have failed to make the case for the water charge.

"The British government is attempting to force the people of the Six Counties - who are already saddled with high energy costs, high living costs, high levels of low income and deprivation - to pay f

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