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Fianna Fáil motion on water meters the ultimate in hypocrisy – Ó Clochartaigh

21 January, 2015

Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has accused Fianna Fáil of hypocrisy when it comes to Irish Water and the installation of water meters.  Speaking during debate in the Seanad on a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the government to outline its plans for investment and renewal of the water meter network, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“Today’s motion is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

“Fianna Fáil is actually pretending to be concerned by the government’s shambolic handling of the water metering programme.

“But the much maligned water meter was the brainchild of Fianna Fáil when they were in government and a key component of their plan to introduce domestic water charges.  

“Thus while the legacy of this Government will be water charges, there is no getting away from the fact that Fianna Fáil’s legacy is the water meter.

“This is why Sinn Fein tabled an amendment to the motion calling for the abolition of water charges, the abolition of Irish Water and an immediate end to the water metering programme.

“The most recent EPA Report on the quality of the domestic water supply makes for frightening reading.

“In the west of Ireland, particularly in Galway, Ballinasloe, Leenane, Carraroe and Williamstown people are drinking contaminated water.

“It’s time Fianna Fáil and the Government stopped their respective charades.

“Irish Water should be abolished.

“What the people of Ireland want is a safe and secure public water system, not water meters or water charges.”  

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