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Need for water charges to be scrapped without delay - Gerry Adams TD

28 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking on a Sinn Féin motion calling for the scrapping of water charges in the Dáil this evening, has said there is a necessity to scrap water charges without delay.

He added that such a course of action is the only way the debacle of domestic water charging and Irish Water will be dealt with.

Teachta Adams said:

“Unlike Fianna Fáil’s ever shifting policy positions, tonight’s motion is straightforward. It calls on the government to accept the fact that the farce of household water charging is over and to fund investment in water and sanitation infrastructure through progressive taxation.

“As a result of their latest policy U-turn a fortnight ago, Fianna Fáil are now supposedly in favour of such a position.

“Yet, they’ve somehow concocted a rationale which says: ‘we are in favour of abolishing water charges, but we’re also in favour of Enda Kenny and Fine Gael in government so we won’t vote to end water charges, especially if the motion is a Sinn Féin motion’.

“It’s not the first time Fianna Fáil have done so on similar motions in the past six months since concocting their arrangement with Fine Gael. They have voted against their own stated policy positions on bin charge hikes, the national monument in Moore Street, banded-hours contacts and rent certainty.

“Call it political manoeuvring. Call it doublespeak. But don’t call it ‘new politics’. It’s vintage Fianna Fáil politics. It’s all about the party and the lust for power.

“The fact is there is a necessity to scrap water charges without delay. That is the only way the debacle of water charges and Irish Water will be dealt with.”

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