Electorate won’t forgive a Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael “Backroom Deal” on water- Eoin Ó Broin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has warned Fianna Fáil that "the electorate wont forgive Fianna Fáil if they did a backroom deal on water with Fine Gael' The call comes amid speculation that the two parties are seeking a 'so called compromise' on the issue of 'introducing water charges by the back door'.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Fianna Fáil have finally declared their support for the Right2Water position on the complete scrapping of water charges and metering. They have now committed to honouring the election pledge to scrap the unjust charge.
"I have no doubt that the party who first sought to introduce water charges have only made this u-turn under popular pressure from the mass movement that is Right2Water.
"This Tuesday and Wednesday all members of the Oireachtas Water Committee committed to ending water charges will have an opportunity to vote on this issue. The Committee must conclude its work this week in order to meet the March 13th deadline set out in the legislation.
"It is already clear that Fine Gael will ask the Committee to seek an extension from the Minister to give us more time to seek a so called consensus.
"The time for deliberation is over. The time to decide has arrived. The Committee has done its work and we now need to give the Oireachtas our recommendations.
"If the Committee is unable to reach an agreed report then we must not delay handing the matter over to the Dáil to decide. Any proposal to extend the work of the Committee will be rightly seen by the public as trying to create the space for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to hatch a dodgy back room deal.
"The electorate wont forgive Fianna Fáil if the enter into any back room deal with the Government. The time to abolish water charges once and for all is now."