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Sinn Féin would increase subsidy to group water schemes – Martin Kenny TD

2 December, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD


Sinn Féin’s spokesman on agriculture, Martin Kenny TD, who represents the rural constituency of Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal today responded to the comments of Deputy Sean Canney on Morning Ireland, when he claimed that Sinn Féin wishes to discriminate against people in group water schemes.

Deputy Kenny said:

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Sinn Féin’s position is that equity should be applied in the supply of water and that no one should be paying for the consumption of domestic water, which is a human right.

“At local protests against Irish Water in my constituency, members of group water schemes were there in strength to oppose the privatisation of water supply. This is another attempt to create an urban-rural divide but it will fail, like the attempt to introduce water charges has failed.

“Our alternative budget for 2017 first of all allocated €200 million towards improving infrastructure and then allocated another €1.5 million towards increasing the subsidy to group water customers. This was a figure formulated by the Department of Finance to cover this expense.

“The new Oireachtas Water Committee will have to make decisions about the details of various aspects of the supply of water to rural households, but Sinn Féin, like the expert group report, agrees that equity must be at the core of water supply to domestic consumers.

“Sinn Féin’s representatives on that committee will take that position and there is no question of any discriminatory practice being proposed by this party.”

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