Electorate has rejected water charges – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the death knell for domestic water charges has sounded as the results of the general election come to light.
Deputy McDonald said the issue of water charges is now front and centre because more than 400,000 people voted for Right2Change candidates and others who stood against water charges, adding that as the Fine Gael/Labour government is booted out, domestic water charges should follow.
Speaking outside Leinster House this morning, the Dublin Central TD said:
“Sinn Féin, along with other parties and independents, stood in this election on a platform to abolish water charges. Over 400,000 people voted for candidates aligned to the Right2Change platform to end water charges.
“This signals the death knell of domestic water charges as the electorate has punished those who would see them inflicted on already pressured Irish families.
“The Fine Gael/Labour Government has been comprehensively booted out of office and domestic water charges must follow. Sinn Féin campaigned for the abolition of water charges and we will hold no truck with those who would install them, now or in the future.”