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Government's cynical manoeuvre on Water Charges will not work - Adams

22 November, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD, speaking at the party’s Ard Comhairle meeting today, said the Government’s latest manoeuvre on the Water Charges issue will not work as it does not address the concerns of the hudreds of thousands who have taken to the streets on the issue. 

 Gerry Adams said: 

“As with every other issue, Fine Gael and Labour have failed to listen to citizens on the Water Charges. 

“The Government's latest policy is all about giving themselves a lifeline to run their full term. It's not about easing the pressure on those who cannot pay Water Charges. 

“What we got on Wednesday was a PR offensive - a desperate attempt by Fine Gael and Labour to cling to power for the next year. 

“Water charges have not been scrapped, the water metering programme will continue, metered charges are coming in, they will only go up, and there is still no constitutional right to water. 

“This cynical Government manoeuvre will not work. The people are not stupid. It fails to address the demands of the hundreds of thousands of citizens who have taken to the streets on this issue. 

“Sinn Féin is a central part of the Right2Water campaign and I am calling for the maximum possible turnout in protest against Water Charges on December 10th  to deliver a strong message that Water Charges must be scrapped.”

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