Colreavy calls for all state assets to remain in public ownership
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for a referendum to ensure water is kept in public ownership.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Water is essential to every living thing on this planet.
“Access to water has been fundamental to how our societies have been organised since prehistoric times.
“The privatisation of water would be an act of utter betrayal of the Irish people.
“The privatisation of water would be going against the global trend, where many countries and local areas have witnessed ‘re-municipalisation’, the transfer of water out of private control and back into the hands of citizens, through their local authorities.
“In fact, the path that this government is taking is more akin to countries in the developing world, who rely heavily on international loans for finance and must privatise their water supply to stay favourable with their lenders.
“Let us not forget that this government has a history of privatising our state assets and utility companies.
“The Gas Regulation Act 2013 resulted in the sale of Bord Gáis Energy.
“It is not without worry that we note that Irish Water, is under the auspices of Ervia (formally known as Bord Gáis).
“The privatisation of electricity networks has a direct correlation with increasing energy costs for consumers.
“Sinn Féin believes that all our state assets should remain in public ownership for the benefit of Irish citizens.
“There must be a referendum to keep water in public ownership.
“We will accept nothing less.”