Dáil must seize opportunity to abolish water charges - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on all the TDs that were elected to the 32nd Dáil on an anti-water charges platform to support Sinn Féin’s motion calling for the abolition of the charges this evening.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Now that Fianna Fáil has abandoned its long standing support for the domestic water tax there is an opportunity this week to force the government to introduce the necessary legislation to abolish domestic charges once and for all.
“A majority of TDs in the Dáil now support the abolition of water charges. There is no need to waste more tax payer’s money on a so called expert commission on the matter and there is no need for a special Oireachtas committee to consider its recommendations.
“The grubby deal struck by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to return Enda Kenny to the office of Taoiseach deferred a decision on water charges for nine months. The tens of thousands of people who took to the streets of the capital two weeks ago didn’t vote for the suspension of water charges. They voted for the abolition of the charges.
“The motion Sinn Féin has put forward this evening, signed by other Right2Water TDs, is simple. ‘Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to abolish household water charges and fund investment in water and sanitation infrastructure through progressive taxation’.”
“The lack of domestic water charges is not the reason why there has been historical under investment in our water services. For decades successive governments neglected to invest in our crumbling water infrastructure, even when there was plenty of exchequer funding available. Fianna Fáil’s failure to support our motion will lead to more uncertainty about the future provision of water services in this state and shows that they cannot be trusted on this or any other issue.
“Sinn Féin has a plan that provides for future capital investment in our water infrastructure that will also maintain Ireland’s zero water poverty rates and prevent future privatisation of water services. We need to scrap charges, bring water services fully into public ownership, and commit to a ten year capital investment programme funded through general taxation.”