Minister Coveney must legislate to give full effect to the recommendations of Water Committee report – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Minister Simon Coveney to honour his commitment to legislate in order to give full effect to the recommendations contained in report from the Oireachtas committee on water.
Speaking at Leaders Questions in the Dáil today, Deputy McDonald said;
"The report recommends the abolition of water charges, the scrapping of domestic metering including for new builds, and provision for a referendum to retain our water infrastructure in public ownership. The report also provides for refunds for those who paid.
“The Minister gave a clear commitment to legislate to give full effect to the final recommendations of the Committee.
“Now, we hear Minister Coveney is saying that he will not, in fact, legislate on the basis of the report.
“He is blatantly stating that he will go back on the commitment that he gave to the Irish people.
“The result of the Committee’s deliberations did not go his way and now he is using a mangled interpretation of the European Water Framework Directive to spin his way, and this government’s way, out of trouble.
“The people, in protest after protest, have made their demands on water clear.
“They delivered a mandate to this Dáil to see that those demands met.
“The Oireachtas, the democratically elected representatives of the people, through the Water Committee, has made its recommendations.
“These recommendations are in line with what the people of Ireland have been demanding for years.
“The Minister needs to heed the advice of the Committee that he himself set up.
“Simon Coveney must stand by his word and legislate on the basis of the Committee report”