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Right2Water movement gaining momentum again - O’Reilly

29 August, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking ahead of a press conference hosted by David Gibney, co-ordinator of Right2Water, in the Carnegie Court Hotel on Friday 2nd September at 12 pm, Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly has said that Right2Water movement is gaining momentum again and will continue to seek the abolition of water charges.

Deputy O’Reilly, alongside Deputy Clare Daly, will be speaking at the press conference and at public meetings in the coming weeks, ahead of the national demonstration on 17th September.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The issue of water charges has not gone away. The imposition of water charges was rejected by the people and the majority of TDs elected to the current Dáil were sent there with a mandate to end domestic water charging. That fact needs to be acted upon and both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to accept that. 

“With the government and Fianna Fáil still only advocating for a temporary suspension of the charges, it appears they are not listening to the people. Friday’s conference will be a platform to restate the Right2Water principles and to prepare for the national demonstration in September, where people will once more take to the streets to reinforce their complete opposition to water charges.

“The government must abandon the delay tactics they cooked up with Fianna Fáil, and legislate directly for the abolition of domestic water charges. The national demonstration takes place 10 days before the Dáil resumes and TDs elected under the Right2Water platform will be putting pressure on both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to take decisive action. Everything else is only kicking the can down the road. 

“Water charges will remain the most contentious of political issues until this government and Fianna Fáil accept that last February the majority of people voted to scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water. Fingal is always well represented at Right2Water events and we expect support from all those in Dublin Fingal who want to see this charge scrapped for good.  The people of Fingal know that suspension is not abolition and we will be bringing this message to the streets in 10 days’ time."

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