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Murphy addresses anti-water charges event in European Parliament

4 February, 2015 - by Conor Murphy


Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy spoke to MEPs and anti-water charges campaigners from across Europe at the European Parliament on how Sinn Féin blocked water charges in the North. 

Speaking following a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels, the Newry and Armagh MP said; 

"I travelled to the European Parliament with right2water campaigners to take part in a hearing led by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan on the Europe-wide campaign against water charges. 

"The delegation also included trade unionists, anti-water charges activists, and Sinn Féin councillors from the 26 counties who have been leading the campaign in their local areas. 

"We also heard about the campaigns against water charges in other parts of the European Union, including the campaign for the remunicipalisation of water services in Paris. 

"I spoke to the meeting about our experiences in the North and how Sinn Féin blocked the introduction of water charges in 2007 when I was regional development minister. 

"Water is a basic human right and that should be respected right across Europe.” 

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