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Labour machinations on water charges last ditch attempt to conserve political skin - Tóibín

20 November, 2014

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín today accused Labour TD Dominic Hannigan of double speak after the Meath East TD failed to support Sinn Féin’s legislation for a constitutional referendum to retain the state’s water services in public ownership. 

The Meath West TD said:

“Just a few short weeks ago Labour TD Dominic Hannigan told the media that he intended to push for a referendum to enshrine public ownership of Uisce Éireann in the Constitution. Fast forward to today and the Meath East TD failed to support Sinn Féin’s bill proposing a referendum copper fastening the retention of Ireland’s water services and infrastructure in public ownership.

“The bottom line is water charges are a regressive flat tax that has little to do with conserving water and everything to do Labour’s ideological shift to the right. Over the last few months we’ve seen Labour party TDs and Senators tie themselves up in knots as opposition to the water charges has grown.

“Like the selling off of state assets, commercialising critical infrastructure is an ideological decision driven by unelected EU institutions whose sole concern in life is the markets and making sure citizens carry the can of the financial collapse. Far from standing with Irish citizens against the EUs austerity agenda, Labour in government has championed the cause.

“Despite all the hype and hoopla of this week the chickens are coming home to roost for Labour as people see through the party’s spin. Dominic Hannigan had an opportunity today to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Meath East, but true to form he has set his face against the very people who elected him.”

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