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Sinn Féin will scrap Water Charges - Adams

23 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking in Dundalk today at the Water Rally Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today said: “Sinn Féin stopped the imposition of Water Charges in the North and in government in this state we will scrap them here also.”

Gerry Adams today addressed the Right2Water march and rally in Dundalk. The Sinn Féin leader said:

“Fine Gael and Labour continue to underestimate the level of public anger over this issue. They have failed to heed the clear and unmistakable message of the people.

“Sinn Féin stopped the imposition of Water Charges in the North and in government in this state we will scrap them here also. Sinn Féin will dismantle Irish Water and replace it with a new model of governance, funding and delivery that is accountable to the Oireachtas.

“We will end the metering project and redirect the remaining monies to direct investment in water infrastructure.

“We will establish an independent Commission on Water Services to examine the most appropriate public ownership model to report back to Government within nine months.

“Sinn Féin will also oppose any attempt to privatise water services. In Government, we will hold a referendum to enshrine public ownership of Ireland’s water services in the Constitution.

We will also roll out a major water conservation programme in conjunction with local authorities.

“A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for scrapping domestic Water Charges.”

The Louth TD added: 

“Today’s demonstration is an expression, not just of opposition to domestic water charges but to the government’s whole austerity agenda. Decision after decision taken by this Government has caused chaos in the lives of working families.

“As we approach the centenary of 1916, we again must decide what kind of future we want for our country and for our children.

“Sinn Féin wants a society based on equality and fairness.  We want to deliver a fair recovery for all. That means a new, fairer taxation system and an end to unfair taxes that penalise working families and vulnerable citizens.

“For the first time in the history of this State, there is a clear and present alternative to the stale politics of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“The Right2Change platform is bringing progressive parties and individuals together in a way not previously seen.”

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