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Water protesters would welcome an early election - McDonald

31 August, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has once again commended the huge turnout at the Right2Water rally on Saturday and has stated the mass support for an early election so that hundreds and thousands of Irish citizens can express their anger at the ballot box.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The demonstration at the weekend, with tens of thousands out on the streets again protesting against water charges, has made it clear for the government that this issue hasn’t gone away, that the level of anger hasn’t gone away, and that this will remain a huge issue for the budget in October and indeed the General Election, whenever that might be.

“The government needs to listen to the people and not deflect from the massive issues in our society. If they were to actually tackle growing inequality, the housing crisis, the lack of truly free education and a creaking healthcare system – they would not have to conjure up an armed organisation which no longer exists.

“Right2Water has galvanised thousands of citizens across the state in peaceful protests against the water charges and we are only getting stronger. We will be demanding a right to housing, a right to free education and a right to decent healthcare. There are planned meetings in constituencies across the state over the next two months as we come up to the budget.

“I spoke to lot of people at the demonstration on Saturday, who told me that though they had paid their first bill, they had no intention of paying again. I also spoke to many people at that protest who said it was their first protest. So far from having gotten away with this as the government might have imagined, I think that people’s sense of anger is still very palpable and that sense that people want an election sooner rather than later.

“An early election would be welcomed. People want their opportunity to pass their verdict on this administration but perhaps, more importantly, the opportunity to elect a new government. The government are doing everything in their power to distort, distract and deflect from the reality of what is really happening on the ground. Sinn Féin is committed to delivering a fair recovery and abolishing water charges once and for all.”

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