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Government must state categorically that emergency legislation on water charges will not be tabled - McDonald

14 November, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald has responded to the Government’s announcement that emergency legislation allowing revenue to take unpaid water charges from pensions, social welfare and wages will not be brought forward next Friday, by calling for an absolute commitment that this measure will not be under consideration.

Deputy McDonald said:

“There are thousands upon thousands of ordinary Irish people who are not only confused and frustrated, but are frightened that they will not be able to pay these unfair charges.

“There was concern yesterday that the government would bring forward emergency legislation next week after TDs were told that there would be a Friday sitting with votes.

“Yesterday I asked the Tánaiste if emergency legislation is being considered by the government.  She refused to answer.

“Today the Government Whip Paul Kehoe has tweeted that legislation will not be debated next Friday.  I welcome that but people want a cast iron guarantee that the government are not considering legislation to allow revenue to collect unpaid water charges from pensions, social welfare and wages.

“The government should give that guarantee.

“If the government was listening to the people as they say they have been then they would know that water charges need to be scrapped.”

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