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Sinn Féin fighting austerity North and South – Councillor Cathal King

3 October, 2014

Speaking today while canvassing with the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the Dublin South West constituency, by-election candidate Cllr Cathal King stated Sinn Féin‘s commitment to fighting austerity both north and south.

Cllr King said:

“Sinn Féin is dedicated to fighting damaging austerity policies which have had a hugely negative impact on the people of Ireland. Austerity policies have affected the most vulnerable in our society. Introducing regressive taxes like the water charge mean that lower and middle income people will continue to be unfairly targeted.

“Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to these charges. These are charges which the public have already paid for through their income tax. These are charges that affect everyone, irrespective of income, lone parents and millionaires alike. Sinn Féin believes that these charges are wrong and we have campaigned long and hard to resist their introduction.

“Certainly, providing high quality water is a challenge, but Sinn Féin has outlined clear, workable solutions to meet this challenge, without resorting to unfair taxation. Sinn Féin has a strong record in the north in delivering exactly this. In 2007 Sinn Féin successfully reversed British Government plans to introduce household water charges. This action saved households in the north an average of £490 annually.

“I urge concerned members of the public to march against the water charges on Saturday 11th of October. Sinn Féin is centrally involved with the Right2Water campaign, and I would like to call on everybody who opposes the charges to join the rally at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm.

“Sinn Féin is also mobilising people in the north on the same day to rally against savage Tory cuts in a march organised by the community and voluntary sector to be held in Belfast the same day.

“Sinn Féin across the island is united in fighting austerity. A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote against the water charges. We blocked water tax in the north and we’ll reverse it in the south if elected to government.”


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