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Water charges must be scrapped, not capped – Ó Clochartaigh

25 November, 2014


‘The pressure must be kept up to have water charges scrapped, not capped’ says Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. To this end he is organising two public meetings in Galway this week to inform people of the implications of the latest developments in the Irish Water debacle, the government’s reaction to that and the next steps in the campaign to scrap the charges.

According to Ó Clochartaigh:

“The latest offer from the government shows that they have had to admit that there plan for water charges was fundamentally flawed. Their step down has shown that people power is making a huge difference but that a further push is needed.

“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.

“We are holding public meetings on Thursday the 27th in the Salthill Hotel, Galway at 8 p.m. and in the Station House Theatre in Clifden on Friday the 28th at 8 p.m. and we will be outlining the next steps in the campaign to have these unfair and inequitable charges scrapped completely’.

“Sinn Féin is a central player in 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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