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Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt to introduce water charges by the back door- Eoin Ó Broin TD

20 September, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has restated that Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reintroduce water charges through the back door. 

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“We have not seen the new water legislation yet and I am very disappointed that Minister Murphy has allowed his department to brief the media before circulating the legislation to Oireachtas members. 

“Sinn Féin will judge the legislation when we see it; however we will oppose any attempt to introduce water charges by the back door. 

“We do cautiously welcome the promise of a referendum to maintain water services in public ownership. However the government wording of the referendum is important and they must get in right. 

“I welcome the fact that the government has recognised that there exists an inequality for those on group water schemes and we would like to see this remedied as soon as possible.

“Despite acknowledging some of the potentially positive aspects of the as of yet to be published legislation Sinn Féin is firmly opposed to any charge for so called excessive use. 

“We will be working with our colleagues in the Right to Water movement to ensure that the public is fully aware of the consequences of what Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael signed up to in their dodgy back room deal.” 

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