Fianna Fáil reposition themselves for another U-turn on water charges - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin has stated that Fianna Fáil’s latest manoeuvring on water charges shows that the party cannot be trusted to keep policy commitments made to the electorate.
Responding to reports that Fianna Fáil Housing spokesperson Barry Cowen is consulting with his party's TDs on water charges Ó Broin said 'clearly Fianna Fáil are seeking to re-position themselves yet again on water charges in advance of the report of the so-called expert commission on water'.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“What is becoming clear is that Fianna Fáil has no unconditional commitment to abolish water charges. In the last six months the party has flitted between abolition, suspension and abolition again.
“The party is not confused over its position. It is simply repositioning itself in anticipation of the report of the expert commission. Surely the time for real consultation was firstly before publishing the general election manifesto and secondly before making it submission to the expert commission. How can the party be committed to ending water charges yet in the same breath accept that the reintroduction of charges has to be re-examined?
“On a number of occasions Fianna Fáil has had an opportunity to place its support for the abolition of water charges on the Dáil record and keep a key pledge of its General Election manifesto. As recently as September this year Fianna Fáil failed to support a Sinn Féin motion calling for the abolition of the charges.
“The question now is not when the next Fianna Fáil u-turn on the charges will occur it’s what weak justification for the charges the party will cling to when the so-called expert commission returns its pre-determined recommendations.”