Sinn Féin to move bill to prevent privatisation of water services
Sinn Féin today published the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2014 which seeks a constitutional referendum to ensure that control over the water services remains in public ownership.
The Bill will be moved in the Dáil today by the party’s Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley TD.
Speaking today as they launched the bill party president Gerry Adams said;
“The public anger in recent days has forced the government onto the back-foot in relation to water charges.
“Sinn Féin is very clear on this issue. Water charges must go. We have shown how that can be done and the people have sent a very public demand to the government that it must be done.
“Today we are publishing a bill that seeks a constitutional referendum to ensure that control over water services remains in public ownership.
“There is a real and genuine fear that the government is preparing the ground for the privatisation of our water services.
“We believe that a constitutional guarantee is needed as the current structure and legislation governing the water services would allow for a future privatisation of the water services, as has happened in other European states with detrimental consequences for domestic water users.
“We are urging the government to accept this bill, to move it swiftly through the Oireachtas and to put the question to the people.”