Water meter charges a step too far for households: Adams
Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, commenting on the water meters’ controversy said: It is clear that Fine Gael is setting the agenda on water services while the Labour Party is willingly falling into line.
“Water charges are an unacceptable additional stealth charge on households. Whatever body the cabinet decides today will run water services in this state, the underlying agenda is clearly one of privatisation,” he said.
“Fine Gael and Labour are ideologically committed to privatisation and we believe that proposals to establish one organisation: Irish Water, is laying the foundation for this.
“Sinn Féin and other parties have made submissions to what was to be a public consultation on the reform of the water sector in Ireland. That process has not even concluded, but the government has clearly made decisions on the issue, ignoring the democratic process.
“In the North, Sinn Féin has prevented the introduction of water charges and the privatisation of the water services and will continue to do so.
“Here we have proposed that investment in water services should focus on repair of the infrastructure to stop the massive waste of water leaking from pipes, instead of imposing more pressure on people already struggling in this economic crisis.”