Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil stitch up on water continues - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD, challenged the Tánaiste to put an end to the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil “stitch up” on water charges and to withdraw government attempts to impose a chair on the special committee on the future of water charges.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Fine Gael’s mishandling of the issue of water is set to continue with the motions to establish the Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services due to be before the Dáil today.
“The way this committee has been created confirms yet another stitch up between Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin, as the government decides to impose Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh as chairperson of the Committee.
“The Tánaiste knows that this is contrary to normal procedure. Ministers do not have the right to handpick Committee chairs.
“For example, the special Committee on the future of health services elected its own chair and the special Committee on housing and homelessness elected its own chair.
“This is just another example of the government’s failure to decisively deal with the issue of water charges. There was no need for an expert commission, People voted for the abolition of this unjust charge.
“A majority of TDs in this Dáil were elected on manifestos that promised to scrap water charges however every time Sinn Féin has forced a vote on the issue Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael stitched it up to keep them the charges alive.
“Fianna Fáil has tied themselves up in knots on the issue of water. The party that signed up to water charges in 2010, called for their suspension in 2012 and then called for their abolition in 2016. And with another twist in the tale last weekend Micheál Martin seemed to leave the door open for a return to some kind of charge this year
“It’s past the time to end this farce. The democratic will of the people must be respected and the government must allow the Dáil to put an end to this unjust and unwanted tax.”