Water Committee report ‘a great victory for Right2Water’ – Ó Broin
Speaking tonight outside Leinster House, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Water Eoin Ó Broin has described the Oireachtas Water Committee report as “a great victory for Right2Water movement and the hundreds of thousands of people who campaigned against this unjust charge”.
The Dublin Mid-West TD said:
“As the report stands, water charges are gone, charges for excessive use of water are gone, the metering programme is over, meters on new builds are gone.
“The report also includes a clear commitment to hold referendum enshrining the public ownership of water and water services in the Constitution. The report also has a range of measures to promote conservation and reduce leaks in the public water system.
“The Committee will be in a position to take a final decision when we meet tomorrow and I believe we have a firm majority.
“I call on Minister Simon Coveney to stand by his word and legislate on the basis of the Committee report. The Minister needs to heed the advice of the Committee that he himself set up.
“Should the Minister think of going back on his word, the rally on Saturday organised by Right2Water will remind him that the Irish people will hold him and his Government to account.”