Water Charges must be scrapped – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has called on the government and Fianna Fáil to listen to the democratic will of the people and scrap water charges.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The motion we are debating here tonight is drafted on behalf of the Right2Water movement. It was moved to give a voice to all those who took to the streets calling for the abolition of water charges.
“The government is clearly not listening to the democratic will of the people and I am calling on the TDs sitting in this chamber to support this motion.
“Water is a human right.
“We do not believe that the imposition of water charges is socially just.
“Water should not be commodified.
“We need to invest in real conservation measures. Nobody believes that the Irish water infrastructure is up to scratch.
“For decades, governments lead by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil failed to invest in water infrastructure and sanitation services. Similar to how they failed to invest in housing and healthcare.
“The answer to their shortcomings in this regard is the introduction of an unfair, regressive tax, not based on people’s ability to pay.
“I do not accept that you can’t have a world class water service funded by general taxation, that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.”
Ó Broin continued:
“Fianna Fáil has been fundamentally dishonest on this issue. Any suggestion that the counter motion tabled by the party is compatible with the promises made by Fianna Fáil during the election is untrue.
“The Fianna Fáil party has a clear choice to make. Either vote to support this motion tomorrow night and abolish water charges or fail to fulfil their election commitments.”