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Clarity needed on Fianna Fáil’s position on water charges – Gerry Adams TD

16 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “clarify his party’s position on water charges” and “to state clearly if Fianna Fáil is prepared to support Sinn Féin’s motion on water charges when the Dáil resumes.”

The Right2Water campaign is holding a march in Dublin tomorrow calling for the scrapping of water charges. Sinn Féin is supporting the march.

Gerry Adams TD said:

“The majority of TDs returned to the Dáil were elected on a platform of ending water charges, and citizens voted for their abolition.

“The introduction of water charges was originally proposed by Fianna Fáil. In its general election manifesto they pledged to scrap Irish Water and water charges. It then u-turned on that position as part of its deal to keep Fine Gael in government and opted for an expert Commission on water services and a one-year suspension of charges.

“Last week Micheál Martin said his party was now for the scrapping of water charges but not Irish Water, but claimed that this was not a change in policy.

 “Fianna Fáil must now clarify what exactly their position on water charges is and what they mean by ending them - do they mean one year, five years or indefinitely? The must also make clear their position regarding the future of Irish Water, and the return to consumers of payments made.

 “In two weeks a Sinn Féin motion calling for the scrapping of water charges will be debated in the Dáil. Will Fianna Fáil support that motion?  

 “I am urging all those opposed to water charges to support Saturday’s Dublin march. Let us send a very clear signal to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil that water charges must be scrapped.”

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