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Water charges should be dealt with in the Dáil - Adams

27 April, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil during a debate on Irish Water this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said issues relating to Irish Water and water charges should be dealt with in the Dáil, and not via a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil carve-up.

Teachta Adams:

“Every TD elected to the Dáil has been elected with a mandate to fulfil the commitments they made to the electorate. A clear majority of the Deputies elected on this occasion sought and won a mandate to abolish Irish Water and scrap water charges.

“Sinn Féin’s view is that Irish Water should go and that water charges should be scrapped. That is our mandate. It is also Fianna Fáil’s mandate.

“Fianna Fáil’s manifesto, not once, but in three separate sections clearly calls for the abolition of Irish Water and the scrapping of water charges. It says nothing about the suspension of charges, or maintaining the mechanism for charging on the statue books.

“If they were serious about fulfilling their election commitments, they would support a vote on a motion listed on the Order Paper that’s been put forward by 39 TDs calling for an end to domestic water charges.

“After that vote, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could go back to negotiations in the knowledge that the issue of water charges has been handled in a democratic, transparent and open fashion to the satisfaction of the people who sent us all here.”

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