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Government's Water Services Bill can be defeated in the Seanad - Senator David Cullinane

14 December, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said that the Government’s Water Services Bill can be defeated in the Seanad this coming week.

Senator Cullinane said;

“I believe that the Government’s Water Services Bill can be defeated when it comes before the Seanad this week.

“The government no longer has a majority in the upper house and it is my opinion that the majority of Senators are either utterly opposed to or have great difficulties with the Government’s approach to Water Services.

“The imposition of water charges and the prospect of the eventual privatisation of our water infrastructure are things with which a lot of my colleagues take serious issue.

“A few weeks ago the Seanad voted in favour of a motion opposing any moves to privatise water services.

“The Bill fails to provide protections to ensure that water services are retained in public ownership. It also only states that the government ‘may’ decide to hold a plebiscite of the matter. There is no commitment to hold one. This is very alarming.

“It is my view that the majority of Senators should vote against this Bill in order to be consistent with the earlier vote.

“The outcome of this vote will come down to the decision of a handful of independent Senators.

“It provides them with an opportunity to prove their political worth.

“Ten of thousands of our citizens assembled in Dublin on Wednesday to protest against water charges and to champion our right to water.

“It is clear, from their response since, that the Government did not listen to demands of these citizens.

“This week, Senators are provided with an important chance to demonstrate that they heard the message from the protesters loud and clear.

“Senators who want to act in the best interests of ordinary people should vote down this Bill.”

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