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Sinn Féin table motion to scrap water charges – Ó Broin

23 May, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin is to use Private Members time in the Dáil this Tuesday and Wednesday to table a motion to scrap Irish Water and end domestic water charges.  The motion is signed by 39 anti-water charges TDs. The debate will also coincide with a demonstration outside the Dáil on Wednesday evening at 5pm.

The motion, which was launched today, also calls for the government to set date for a referendum to enshrine the public ownership of water services in the Constitution of Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin said:

“Last February, a majority of TDs were elected on a mandate to scrap water charges.

“The overwhelming majority of people voted to scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water.

“The latest figures from Irish Water clearly demonstrate that people are opposed to paying this unfair tax.

“We expect all the TDs elected on the anti-water charges platform to vote in favour of this motion.

“We also expect the Government to respect the democratic will of the people and to scrap this charge.”

Also speaking at the launch, Deputy Richard Boyd-Barrett of People before Profit said:

“It is absolutely vital that we mobilise the biggest number of people this Wednesday at the Dáil to demand that those TDs who promised to abolish water charges and Irish water to keep their promise. Democracy demands it.”

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said:

“There are probably more than a million households now with water charges arrears; I believe that these arrears should be completely written off. Many of those who paid their water bills did so under duress. I also believe that those who paid should be fully refunded.”

Deputy Joan Collins said:

“The next two evenings present a huge opportunity for all opposition TDs who were elected on based on their manifesto commitment to abolish water charges.  I call on them to support the motion and bury water charges and Irish Water.”

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy, who is also supporting the motion, later said:

“The people gave a very strong mandate on Irish Water and it is incumbent on those of us elected to ensure that mandate is respected. This Motion reflects that mandate and as such, the Social Democrats are happy to support it.” 

Note: Please see wording of PMB below.

“That Dáil Éireann:

 notes that a majority of Deputies elected to the 32nd Dáil made clear pre-election pledges to end water charges; and calls on the Government to:

— immediately abolish domestic water charges;

— establish a public water and sanitation board to deliver water on the basis of need; and

— set a date for a referendum to enshrine the public ownership of water services in the Constitution of Ireland.”

 — Gerry Adams, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brady, Thomas P. Broughan, Pat Buckley, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Ruth Coppinger, Seán Crowe, David Cullinane, Clare Daly, Pearse Doherty, Stephen S. Donnelly, Dessie Ellis, Martin J. Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Seamus Healy, Gino Kenny, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Catherine Murphy, Paul Murphy, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Jonathan O'Brien, Louise O'Reilly, Thomas Pringle, Maurice Quinlivan,

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