'I have decided not to pay the water charges' - Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has stated that she has chosen not to pay the water charges. Deputy McDonald announced her decision during her appearance on RTE's The Week in Politics programme today.
Deputy McDonald stated:
“Sinn Féin has long stated our position on water charges, which is to support everybody. We support people's right to make their own decisions. We will stand alongside families and campaign groups regardless of their position.
“Sinn Féin have always said that each individual person and family must make up their own mind. There are many people who simply can't afford to pay the water charges.
“Sinn Féin have campaigned long and hard against the water charges. We have stopped water charges in the North and we are totally opposed to the Government introducing water charges here. The only thing that can reverse this charge is a change in legislation. This is something that Sinn Féin are committed to setting in motion if in Governemnt.
“I commend the huge turnout at the street protest yesterday. The Government has people up to the pin of their collars and people are angry.
“But there is more than just anger. People are frightened. They are frightened that they won't be able to provide for their families. They are frightened that they won't be able to put food on the table.
“The Government are not listening. They don't understand quite how serious this situation is. So as a mark of solidarity I have decided not to pay the water charges.”