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First act of a Sinn Féin led government will be to legislate for an end to water charges - McDonald

19 February, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has urged members of the public to attend the Right2Change Rally tomorrow Saturday, 20 February in big numbers.

Deputy McDonald said the first act of a Sinn Féin led government will be to legislate for the abolition of water charges.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said;

“Sinn Féin has a plan for a fair recovery that will ease the burden on the average family: our first priority in government will be to legislate for the abolition of water charges.  The legislation has already been published and is ready to go.

“We have been to the fore in the campaign against water charges across this island on a local, national and European level since 2003. In Government in the north, we abolished Water Charges and in Government in the south, we will do the same.

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

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

“Next Friday, you have an opportunity to choose a government that puts the rights of the people above the desires of the wealthy and well-connected. 

“Including 50 Sinn Féin candidates, the 101 Right2Change candidates share common progressive principles.  This movement is in a position to lead the next government.

“Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Joan Burton between them have 88 years in the Dáil.  They have not delivered a fair and equal society.  They have had their chance.  It is now time for change.

“Play your part and send a clear message to the establishment parties;  join the Right2Change Rally this Saturday 20th February at 2pm at Parnell Square.“

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