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Sinn Féin launches Bill to abolish water charges-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

8 April, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin has today launched a Dáil Bill to scrap water charges and Irish Water.

 Welcoming the launch, Cllr. Daithí Doolan said:

“Sinn Féin is committed to scrapping water charges and Irish Water.  Our Dáil Bill puts in black and white, our commitment to consigning water charges to the rubbish bin of history.”

“This week households are receiving their water charges bills but Sinn Féin remain focused on defeating the charges. Water charges and the establishment of Irish Water have been unmitigated disasters. The government continues to limp from one water disaster to another. It is time for both water charges and Irish Water to be scrapped.”

“Millions of tax payers euro’s has already been wasted on private consultants, water meters and propaganda. This money would be better invested in upgrading our crumbling, leaking water system. As it stands the amount projected to be taken in water charges would not even go close to covering the costs involved.”

“Sinn Féin has stopped water charges in the North and we intend to keep the island of Ireland a water charge free zone.  We will ensure that the water services are retained in public ownership, and are funded from progressive general taxation. That would not only remove the burden of water charges from struggling households, but would also ensure that the water services are run in an efficient cost effective way, in contrast to the current expensive mess that we are witnessing.”

“There is widespread concern as thousands of council tenants’ details been given to Irish Water by local authorities without any prior consent or knowledge of local authority tenants.  Sinn Féin will be tabling an Emergency Motion at the Dublin City Council meeting on Monday. We believe this contravenes data protection. We have not seen any legal argument in favour of the management’s action and it is vital that we have a debate on this serious issue as soon as possible and seek independent legal opinion on the matter.”

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