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Stanley secures Dáil debate on water charges

19 April, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has secured a debate in the Dáil this afternoon on water charges.

In particular the debate will look at the establishment of Irish Water as a state-owned subsidiary of Bord Gáis Éireann and the proposed installation of domestic water meters.

Speaking this morning from Leinster House Deputy Stanley said:

“I wrote to the Ceann Comhairle asking that he allow time today for a debate on the establishment of Irish Water and the proposed installation of water meters. I am pleased that this debate will now take place this afternoon.

“The threats made by An Taoiseach yesterday that people’s water would be cut off have further increased the level of fear and anger among citizens. The Labour Party must clarify where they stand on this issue.

“I welcome the fact that this debate will take place tonight. The consultation process on reform of the water sector is far from over but the government seems happy to undermine the process and bring it to a predetermined conclusion.

“People are understandably angry at the arrogance of this government on the issue.

“Sinn Féin will continue to use every opportunity to oppose the imposition of water charges both inside and outside the Dáil and I look forward to the debate tonight.”

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