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Fianna Fáil want to impose water charges and they don’t even know the cost – Doherty

24 February, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has condemned Fianna Fáil for their cynical approach to the issue of water charges, saying that they have no intention of abolishing water charges and have tried to con the electorate into believing otherwise.

This was in response to Barry Cowen’s admission that Fianna Fáil would impose domestic water charges and that he did not know how much they would be.

Mr. Doherty said:

“The abolition of water charges is a key red line issue for Sinn Féin.  We will not enter government unless we can deliver on this commitment to the people. It is the foundation upon which we first engaged in the Right2Change movement.

“Despite having come up with the plan to introduce water charges, Fianna Fáil has been busy with a populist rebranding exercise, part of which was a commitment to abolish water charges.

“It was a key part of Micheál Martin’s Ard Fheis speech this year when he said, ‘we will scrap Irish Water and the failed, loss-making charge which funds it’.

“Barry Cowen has today admitted that Fianna Fáil are wholly in favour of water charges and have no problem in their imposition upon the Irish people.  Not only this, they seem to have little clue as to how much this would even cost Irish households.

“Not only did Fianna Fáil join Fine Gael and Labour in cooking the books to over promise in this election but it is now clear that they are all on the same side when it comes to water charges.

“The Irish people will not be played for fools and this only serves to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that there is no difference between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael when it comes to stealth taxes.” 

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