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Support Sinn Féin's demonstration against water charges tomorrow – Stanley

30 January, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for the Environment Brian Stanley has urged all those opposed to water charges to come out in their masses tomorrow in peaceful protests across the country.

The protests, which will be held in local communities across the country, offer a vital opportunity for people to voice their dissent against Irish Water and the imposition of unfair water charges.

Deputy Stanley said:

"There is a series of events organised by Sinn Féin which are taking place across Ireland as part of a day of action against water charges. We are encouraging anybody who is opposed to the introduction of these unfair, regressive charges to take part in their local protest or march.

“Sinn Féin is committed to campaigning against water charges until they are stopped. The Government's handling of this unfair water tax has been shambolic.  Along with the Local Property tax, this has become a staple of this government's austerity agenda.

“It’s time to tell this Government that concessions are not enough. These concessions came after an immense show of will from the Irish people. Labour and Fine Gael may have reacted, they didn't listen. They offered introductory offers and caps as bribes for silence, but we are demanding abolition. Water is a human right, not a commodity to be controlled and traded.

“This is why it of such importance that the people come out and make their voices heard tomorrow. It is time that Labour and Fine Gael are told in no uncertain terms that either water charges go - or they do. Sinn Féin is committed to scrapping water charges and to reversing this legislation if in government."

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