Sinn Féin in government will abolish the water tax - McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD today re-stated the determination of Sinn Féin to abolish water charges as she addressed the Right2Water rally outside the GPO today.
Deputy McDonald said:
“We stand here today with the message to government, that if they think that they have gotten away with their water charges and their family home tax and their cutbacks, they are wrong.
“Everyone here today is here to call them out. We called them out on water charges. We will not pay for the water from our taps in our homes. Water is a human right. We tell them also that a progressive government with Sinn Féin and others will abolish water charges for good and for all.
“During the week, our Tánaiste Joan Burton, when asked about 250 children awaiting surgery for scoliosis, told me that we must not put the recovery at risk. When we ask the same characters in government about people lying on hospital trolleys, or sitting chairs for hours and days on end, their answer is the same - that we must not put the recovery in jeopardy.
“The truth is, there is no real recovery - not for ordinary people. And the truth is, going into this next election, Fine Gael and the Labour Party envisage big, giveaway tax breaks for the rich, leaving the rest behind.
“As we prepare for the election, let’s take them on. And in this year, this centenary year of the Rising, as we stand in this historic spot, the place in which the Republic was proclaimed - let’s reclaim that too, We’ll take them on and we will win and we will abolish water charges for good.”