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Sinn Féin is the only party with a workable strategy to defeat water charges - Cllr. Cathal King

2 October, 2014

Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Dublin South-West by-election Cllr. Cathal King has said that Sinn Féin is the only political party with a realistic and workable strategy to defeat water charges.

In a forceful reiteration of Sinn Féin’s opposition to water charges, Cllr.Cathal King said:

“Sinn Féin is opposed to the very concept of charging households for water. Sinn Féin in government would scrap this unfair double taxation. It will push many families over the poverty line.

“Our approach is based on outlining our rationale for opposing water charges and providing realistic alternatives for improving water services.

“Only last week we outlined our vision for the future of water service and we will shortly launch our alternative budget for 2015 in which we will detail how to make the necessary adjustments without charging households for water.

“Sinn Féin is the only political party with the capacity and the political will to get rid of water charges. We are building a movement for radical change across this island. This stands in stark contrast to the approach of other groups who prefer to concentrate on fostering aspects of campaigns which will ultimately hurt hard-pressed families in the long-run.

“This happened during the campaign against the property tax. Politicians on the “extreme-left” encouraged members of the public not to fill in forms but then abandoned them when those people received hefty financial penalties.

“It is also very disheartening that these groups continue to misrepresent Sinn Féin’s position in order to gain traction in an election

“The reality is that water charges are laid down in legislation. People will still receive bills and be charged for water as long as that remains the case. The way to stop water charges is to get rid of that legislation.

“Sinn Féin has committed to do that if we become part of the next government. I want to be part of the team that achieves that the reversal of water charges for the people Dublin South-West and ordinary families throughout this state.”

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