Budget should scrap Water Charges - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said reports that the Government is set to reduce Water Charges in the Budget following a collapse in support for Government parties in the recent by-elections and a major protest in Dublin, will not assuage public anger.
Gerry Adams said;
“Fine Gael and Labour took a wallop in Thursday's by-elections while thousands took to the streets on Saturday demanding the immediate scrapping of Water Charges.
“That is the backdrop to the latest media briefings by Government sources about reducing Water Charge bills.
“However the Government has been given a very clear message - it must end the imposition of domestic Water Charges completely.
“Sinn Féin has shown how water charges can be scrapped with a neutral budget. Politics is about choices. If Sinn Féin were in government we would abolish water charges and the property tax.
“The Government’s policies have been rejected. It has lost its mandate. It needs to introduce a budget that gives a break to struggling families and hard-pressed citizens.
“The first item on the agenda should be the scrapping of water charges. Alternatively the government should put its policies to the people in a General Election.”