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Suspension of water charges ‘not good enough’ - Adams

24 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during the debate on a Sinn Féin private members motion in the Dáil this evening, has said “it is a matter of fact that a clear majority of Deputies sought and won a mandate to abolish Irish Water and scrap water charges.”

Teachta Adams said:

“I want to commend the motion tabled by 39 Deputies calling for the immediate abolition of domestic water charges to the Dáil. It’s a motion which is finally being discussed after weeks of stymying its discussion by both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

“In fact, it’s worth nothing that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have voted together on five separate occasions already in the 32nd Dáil to block this motion from being taken.

“I made the case during attempts to allow the Dáil have its say on water charges in recent weeks that the issue should be dealt with here in an open, democratic and transparent fashion, befitting the judgement the electorate made on water charges during the general election.

“Every TD elected to the Dáil has a mandate to fulfil the commitments they made to the electorate. And it is a matter of fact that a clear majority of Deputies sought and won a mandate to abolish Irish Water and scrap water charges.

“That is the view of Sinn Féin. That is our mandate. It is also Fianna Fáil’s.

“Their manifesto, not once, but in three separate sections, clearly calls for the abolition of Irish Water and for the scrapping of water charges.

“If they were serious about fulfilling their election commitments, they would support the motion before the Dáil this evening.

“Yet, Fianna Fáil have this evening tabled an amendment to the motion heralding the suspension of water charges and their agreement with Fine Gael as good enough. It isn’t.

“Water charges have met their end. So has Irish Water. That must be accepted.

“We witnessed the rise of people power over the past two years, with hundreds of thousands of citizens coming out to protest against water charges as part of the Right2Water movement. It is those hundreds of thousands of citizens who have defeated water charges, and every one of them deserves credit for their action.

“I want to commend the motion to the Dáil and I would urge all TDs, particularly those who are attempting to dodge their mandate, to support it here this evening.” 

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