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No option but to abolish water charges – Adams

3 March, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has said the water tax must be abolished for good, and that now was an opportune time to do so following the categorical rejection of the Fine Gael/Labour party government at the ballot box.

Teachta Adams said:

“There has been a seismic shift in politics in this state. We witnessed the rise of people power over the past 18 months, with citizens of the state coming out in their hundreds of thousands to protest against the water charges. Now we have seen people power once again at the ballot box.

“Water charges have met their end. The Right2Change platform which evolved from united protests against this unfair and regressive charges, has become a very real and very pivotal player in our political landscape. Some 400,000 people voted for Right2Change candidates. The status quo is shifting.  

“Irish citizens have suffered greatly under austerity, and it is ordinary people who have borne the brunt of the excesses of the elites and the protected interests in our society. The people have had enough, and they have had their say. The Fine Gael/Labour coalition has been defeated. Domestic water charges should follow suit – and be abolished categorically.

“Furthermore, the metering project should be ended with remaining monies invested in water infrastructure.  Sinn Féin will also oppose any attempt to privatise our water services.”

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