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Government’s amendment is a Vote Of Confidence in Irish Water – Cullinane

24 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Deputy David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, said today that the two conservatives parties – Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – are coalescing to subvert the will of the people.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“In response to Sinn Féin's clear and unambiguous motion to scrap water charges and Irish water, the Government has tabled an amendment that is a clear vote of confidence in Irish Water and demonstrates that this Fine Gael Government, and the Independents who support them, are committed to maintaining Irish Water and water charges in some form.

“The Government amendment says that ‘Irish Water will be retained as a single national utility’ and that an expert advisory body will ‘advise on measures to improve the transparency and accountability of Irish Water’. This is a clear commitment to retain Irish Water and tweak here and there.

“So there you have it. Keep Irish Water. Tweak it. Suspend the charges for a short time period, while the arrears of water charges remain. This is a far cry from what was promised. How any TD who was part of Right2Water can support this Government amendment is beyond me.

“The Government amendment does not support scrapping water charges but will ‘suspend water charges for nine months’. This is clearly insufficient and is an attack on the Sovereign will of the people to see water charges and Irish Water abolished.” 

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