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O'Brien tells government to hold a general election if they're interested in people's views

20 November, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called for the government to hold a general election if they were genuinely in favour of listening to people.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“Many people who are waiting for yesterday’s announcement hoped you would recognise that they do not agree with what is happening regarding water charges.

“The Minister’s opening lines of the speech yesterday talked about anger, but the anger that was shown by the tens of thousands of people who’ve taken to the streets to voice their opinion in a peaceful way is not going to subside.

“I attended many of those protest marches and spoken at length with many of those people who raised concerns and I understand the fears and concerns that people have.

“The fears and concerns are around a number of things including affordability but also taking a principled stand against charges.

“Thousands of people did not take to the streets with placards asking for concessions or a forum where sixty people could help Irish Water with their communications strategy.

“People took to the streets want the end of charges and they want clean water as a basic human right, and yesterday’s announcement is not going to satisfy those people

 “The People’s Forum will be nothing but a talking shop and if you’re so committed to having people give their say, then call a general election. You’ll hear very clearly what people are saying.”

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