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Political will and Institutions needed to sort out Water Charges

2 March, 2007

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster Assembly election candidate Francie Molloy has said that the key stopping water charges is political will and politicians working together in a power-sharing Executive.

Mr Molloy said:

"The only way that water charges are going to be sorted out is with locally accountable politicians working together in a Power Sharing Executive and Assembly.

"Left to British Direct Rule the one thing that people can be sure of is water charges, rates increases and privatisation will all remain on the agenda.

"We need the political will to go into a Power Sharing Executive on March 26th and the political will to develop a strong and effective collective negotiation with the British and Irish governments and particularly the British Chancellor.

"The DUP appear to edging closer to accepting that there is a demand for the return of the political institutions and a demand for all politicians to work together to tackle the bread and butter issues, including water charges, rural planning, jobs, education and health.

"It is clear that we need to work together with a clear commitment in order top achieve the genuine peace dividend that is required to tackle decades of under funding, particularly in our infrastructure and to tackle key issues such as water charges. Without out a genuine peace dividend any future Executive will be locked into a financial straight jacket and will struggle to make an impact on people's lives." ENDS

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