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Water charges payment figures clearest possible signal to government – McDonald

14 July, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking this evening in reaction to the reports that Irish Water has only collected payment from 43% of households, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that this signals to the government in no uncertain terms that the majority of Irish households do not support Irish water and do not support the introduction of water charges.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Reports tonight indicate that Irish Water will admit tomorrow that they have only managed to collect from 43% of households billed for water. This is a serious embarrassment to the government who have done their best to denounce and belittle the resistance to their introduction of water charges. The defiance of the Irish people tells them in no uncertain terms that water charges are unwelcome and that they will not be cowed by threats, be they of supply cut off or attachment orders.

“The campaign against water charges will continue in earnest. Only last week, the trade unions reaffirmed their strong stance against water charges and Right2Water will stage their next protest next month. This regressive and punitive measure targets Irish families who have borne the brunt of the two-tier recovery that has not paid the dividends that only Fine Gael and Labour seem able to see. The epitaph of this government shall be water charges and the resistance they provoked.” 

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