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Senator David Cullinane urges all Senators to vote against Water Service Bill

18 December, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has urged all Senators to vote against the Water Services Bill when it comes before the Seanad later today.

Speaking from Leinster House, Senator Cullinane said;

“The Seanad has an opportunity to stand up for ordinary people by voting against this bill which imposes water charges upon them.

“Throughout the towns and cities of this state people have protested in their thousands calling for the abolition of these charges.

“The government has refused to listen to those protesters even after they came to the doorstep of the Dáil last week to voices their opposition.

“The government has failed to introduce measures in this Bill which would protect against the further privatisation of our water infrastructure.

“That should alarm the majority of Senators.

“The Seanad only recently voted in favour of a motion opposing any moves to privatise our water services.

“To be consistent, those Senators who voted in support of that motion should now vote against the Water Services Bill.

“The outcome of this vote will come down to the decisions of handful of independent Senators

“The onus is on them to prove their political worth.

“They should vote in the best interests of ordinary citizens and hard-pressed families for whom these charges are a bridge too far.

“The Government’s attempts to undermine the democratic process within the Oireachtas by threatening to impose the original water charges, if the Seanad votes down this Bill, should also give those who are undecided pause for thought.

“The people want see water charges scrapped. They want constitutional certainty that our water services cannot be privatised without their say so.

“The Water Services Bill satisfies neither of these two clear and important demands.

“I am urging all Senators to vote against the Bill.”

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