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Right2Water demonstration an opportunity to tell Fine Gael and Labour Party TDs that their time is up - Cllr Thomas Gould

18 January, 2016 - by Thomas Gould TD

Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Cork North Central Cllr Thomas Gould has said that next Saturday's Right2Water demonstration is an opportunity to tell Fine Gael and Labour Party TDs in Cork City that their time in government is up.

Councillor Gould called on communities across the city to come out in their droves for Saturday's Right2Water demonstration.

He said;

"Minister Alan Kelly wants people to believe the water issue has gone away. That is nonsense. Water Charges and Irish Water are firmly on the agenda as we approach the General Election. I am urging people from every community, across Cork City, to come out in support of the Right2Water demonstration on Saturday.

"Despite many national and local protests, over the last couple of years, the Fine Gael and Labour Party Government has refused to hear the overwhelming public opposition to Water Charges and Irish Water. They have failed to heed the anger of the people and this demonstration will provide an opportunity, for all those who have been ignored, to tell Fine Gael and Labour Party TDs on Leeside that their time in office is up.

"The government has failed to grasp the reality that a lot of people in Cork City do not have the money to pay water charges. The imposition of these charges was the straw that broke the camel's back. For many struggling families, it has come down to deciding which bill not to pay in order to put food on the table. Sadly, I don't think that government TDs in this City believe this to be the case.This is because they have been so insulated from the poverty and deprivation brought about by their policies.

"The establishment of Irish Water and the imposition of water charges has been a debacle from the start. Whether it has been in attending these marches or organising blockades of their housing estates, ordinary people and communities have played an extraordinary role in resisting the charges. The Right2Water movement has embodied a community spirit and resilience that has rocked this government.

“On Saturday, we have a chance to remind Fine Gael and the Labour Party that the introduction of Water Charges will come come back to haunt them at the ballot box.

"For our part, Sinn Féin believes that the right to water is one of the most basic of human rights. If elected to government, we will scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water. No ifs, buts or maybes. We already have the legislation drafted to follow through on this commitment. It is simple. A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for ending Water Charges and Irish Water.

"In the immediate-term, only a change of government will see the scraping of water charges and the abolishment of Irish Water. I am urging people to protest as loudly as possible on Saturday but to be as determined to vote Fine Gael and the Labour Party out of office at the General Election."

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