The People did not vote for a suspension of Water Charges – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said tonight that since its initial proposal, the prospect of water charges has infuriated ordinary people the length and breadth of this country, and that people came together and revolted against this unjust tax and took to the streets in their tens of thousands.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said however, that they did not vote for a suspension of charges, rather for their abolition.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:
“Since its initial proposal, the prospect of water charges has infuriated ordinary people the length and breadth of this country. People came together and revolted against this unjust tax and took to the streets in their tens of thousands. The effectiveness and the potential of ‘people power’ in any social movement for change has never been so glaringly demonstrated.
“Hundreds of thousands of people took their anger to the ballot boxes and in February this year, the majority of Irish people voted to scrap water charges and to place Irish Water in the dustbin of history.
“Most of the Dáil deputies elected to this house made pre-election pledges to abolish water charges and to do away with the entity known as Irish Water- even Fianna Fáil. However, in the new deal struck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael they have only managed to secure a ‘suspension’. People do not want a suspension. They want these charges scrapped all together.
“Irish Water and water charges are an affront to people across this land. It is time for Government therefore, to respect the democratic will of the people and to end this shambolic situation once and for all.
“The path forward is clear; abolish domestic water charges immediately, 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 Bunreacht na hÉireann.”