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Sinn Féin reiterates determination to roll back water taxes

27 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy - who heads the party's ant-water tax campaign - has reiterated Sinn Féin's commitment to roll back the British governments plans to impose water taxes.

Mr Molloy said:

"Sinn Fein have always argued that the British governments plans to impose water taxes are unfair and will create hardship. We have constituently said that their obsession with water taxes has less to do with what is required here or EU directives and far more to do with privatisation agenda of the British Treasury.

"The clear intention of the British Treasury and their direct rule puppets is to maximise the revenue raised from people living in the Six Counties regardless of the consequences. The agenda of the Reinvestment and Reform Initiative negotiated by Mark Durkan and David Trimble is only the most obvious example of this.

"Our focus now is to stop the water tax dead in its tracks and our commitment is to roll back the water tax in any future Executive and Assembly. A similar commitment from all political parties can only increase pressure on the British government to abandon these poorly though out and unfair tax plans.

"People are being forced to pay for decades of under investment by successive direct rule administrations with no guarantee that there will a better service or that all they are doing is footing the bill for fattening up water services for privatisation. This is unacceptable. I think people will also be angry that they are being forced to pay for assets that they have already paid for through rates.

"Over ten years into the peace process there is a clear obligation on the British government to deliver a genuine peace dividend." ENDS

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