Labour ‘planned to break election promises’ – Stanley
Sinn Féin TD and Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley has described the leaked Labour document detailing their research into the imposition of water charges as a clear sign that Labour were never going to stick to their stated anti-water charge position. He went on to say that Minister Kelly had questions to answer on why Labour are disregarding their own research on water charges.
Deputy Stanley said:
“If Labour were serious about objecting to the imposition of water charges, why was there a research document commissioned to examine the practicalities of just that? When Sinn Féin are costing proposals to reject the Local Property Tax, we do not examine how to bring in the tax first. This would be a clear indication that Labour were misleading the electorate to elect them on a platform that they had no intention of following.”
“This document clearly identifies that lower-income houses will be hit harder by the introduction of the charge, a concern Labour obviously thought little of. Similarly, Labour’s own research document acknowledges that any savings to the state through water metering would be wiped out by the cost of the installation of meters. It is clear that Labour were well aware that water charges were a bad idea 5 years ago, but will now defend them to the hilt.”
“I would call on the Minister Alan Kelly to explain why Labour were exploring an avenue they had said they had no intention of pursuing, or was this just another of Pat Rabbitte’s promises? Was the Labour objection to water charges, as Deputy Rabbitte would say, just another one of those things you promised during an election campaign? Why examine the popularity of the issue and what kind of meter to use? The people of voted Labour deserve to know if promises made were ever going to be kept.”