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Sinn Féin move Bill to keep water services in public ownership to second stage

14 November, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD this morning announced that Sinn Féin would be using its Private Members time next week to hold a second stage debate on its Bill to retain water services in public ownership.

Sinn Féin has published the Bill and will be proposing it as legislation during its Private Members time in the Dáil next Tuesday.

Deputy Stanley said:

“It is vital that the water service is retained in public ownership. That is why we have put forward this legislation to change the Constitution to ensure that that is guaranteed no matter what party happens to be in power. As matters stand the water services could be privatised depending on the attitude of whoever happens to be in power.

“I note the support for such a constitutional guarantee on the part of members of the Labour Party, and I would hope that that party uses its influence within the Cabinet to ensure that our proposal is accepted and that such a guarantee is put to the people in a referendum.

“It is clear that despite the concession announced by Minister Burton that the initial charges are only an introductory offer designed to lure people into paying the charge. It is not dissimilar to the sort of Tesco offers which were used by the Labour Party to promote its broken election promises, including on water charges.

“It is clear that the allowances will only last until 2016 and are a measure to try to save Fine Gael and Labour from electoral disaster. That is why it is essential that we ensure that water is retained in public ownership and that the next government dismantles Irish Water as it is constituted and that it abolishes water charges.”

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