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Cllr Paul Donnelly at EU Parliament to discuss Right2Water

3 February, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Fein election candidate Paul Donnelly has taken part in a delegation to the European Parliament to discuss the Citizen's Initiative on the Right2Water.

The Fingal county councillor and member of the Water and Environment Special Policy Committee (SPC) was joined by leading representatives of the Irish Right2Water campaign hosted by Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan.

Speaking from Brussels, Mr Donnelly said:

"Today was an opportunity for me to meet with a number of EU representatives and engage in a number of interesting discussions focused on water services provision and how access to water should be designated a human right. This resource should not be treated as a commodity.

We discussed with different groups issues such as privatisation, which in some cases resulted in the doubling of water services charges to citizens and the subsequent re-municipalisation of water services in many parts of Europe"

"I look forward to bringing back what we have learned today to the rest of the Dublin 15 Right2Water group and I'm sure that this will help strengthen our campaign in the coming weeks and months".

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