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No excuse for Halligan's refusal to support a referendum on public ownership of water services - David Cullinane TD

7 November, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD


David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, today criticised Junior Minister John Halligan for his refusal to support a referendum on the public ownership of water.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"It seems that Minister Halligan supports the public ownership of water in principle; he just doesn't support it in practice.

"There is absolutely no excuse for his refusal to support a referendum on the public ownership of our water system.

"I shared numerous platforms with John Halligan where we both stood in opposition to Irish Water and the government's privatisation agenda.

"Now, when it is time to put action behind those words, John Halligan is found wanting.

"He is once again ready and willing to prop up Enda Kenny and Fine Gael regardless of the consequences for the people of this state.

"I am not sure how much more the Irish people can take of John Halligan wrestling with his conscience only for John Halligan to win.

"He needs to support this bill when it comes before the Dáil this week. It is the only decent and proper thing to do."

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