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Fianna Fáil backs government to prevent debate to scrap water charges – Adams

10 March, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the Taoiseach Enda Kenny of “blocking a Sinn Féin motion on scrapping water charges.”

The Sinn Fein leader also criticised Fianna Fáil “for voting with the government this evening to prevent the Sinn Féin motion to scrap water charges from being taken.”

Teachta Adams said:

“From early today it was obvious that on this first day of the 32nd Dáil that the government intention was to put off any meaningful debate or scrutiny of the work of government until April 6th.

“Along with others, we succeeded in bringing the next Dáil sitting forward to March 22nd. 

“And we proposed that there should be three days of Dáil sittings that would include the taking of Parliamentary Questions and Oral Questions.

“However, the government’s clear intention was to hold a Dáil meeting for the optics without any meaningful discussion or scrutiny of the work of Ministers or government.

“This evening, Fianna Fáil, in the first meaningful vote on the management of Dáil business on the first day of the 32nd Dáil, voted with the government to block the Sinn Féin proposal.

“It is simply unacceptable that Fianna Fáil would vote with of Fine Gael and Labour to block a Sinn Féin motion on scrapping Irish Water and water charges, which that party claimed was a red line issue for it.”

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