Fianna Fáil working to keep Irish Water alive – O’Reilly
Speaking today on the Private Member’s Motion on Water Charges, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly criticised Fianna Fáil for rolling over to Fine Gael in order to maintain Irish Water and domestic water charges.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“Fianna Fáil has been at pains over the last few days to tell us that their amendment underpins the agreement between the two parties. After their posturing last week on the mortgage bill, they are back being the best boys and girls in class supporting the Government. It’s just a pity that their agreement with the electorate isn’t underpinned in it.
“People voted for the abolition of water charges. They did not vote for suspension. They did not vote for kicking the can down the road. They did not vote for more meetings, more hearings, more reports. Feet on the street, that was decisive; votes in the ballot box, that was decisive.
“The only thing that isn’t decisive is what is being proposed by Fianna Fáil and the Government. Let the starting point be the abolition, not suspension, of water charges.
“While Fianna Fáil threw themselves at every news outlet to lambast Sinn Féin for what they say is ‘shouting from the sidelines’, they should have concerned themselves with what they had said previously.
“Indeed, believe it or not, some of what they said previously rang true: Issues around wastage of money, Irish Water and the costs of being indecisive. One of the best descriptions of Irish Water was that it was a ‘money pit’.
“In fact, last year, my constituency colleague Deputy O’Brien remarked that: ‘Every single day that Irish Water remains in operation, it is costs the State and taxpayer a fortune. It is a money-pit…By now, we could have pumped hundreds of millions into upgrading water systems and implementing conservation measures…The game is up. It’s time to scrap Irish Water before it costs taxpayers even more’.
“I agree with that. Our motion agrees with that. The time is up. The game is up. Why kick the can down the road and draw further costs on the taxpayer when we can take decisive action now. Fianna Fáil should revert back to this position, withdraw their amendment and support our motion.”