Cullinane welcomes Seanad support for referendum to retain water services in public ownership
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has welcomed Seanad support for a constitutional referendum to retain water services in public ownership.
Speaking after the Seanad voted by 37 votes to 16 in favour of a motion to enshrine the ownership of water services the constitution, Senator Cullinane said :
“My colleague Brian Stanley yesterday moved a Bill in the Dáil to ensure that water services are retained in public ownership. I welcome Seanad support for a constitutional referendum on this matter.
“This good day for the thousands of people across Ireland who are opposed to water charges and the privatization of water.
“The government’s defeat today, coupled with the ongoing protests in towns and cities across Ireland mean it is now obliged to act to ensure that state ownership of our water is enshrined in the constitution.
“Irish water belongs to the people of Ireland and it should not be in the gift of any government to sell it off”.