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Government using Water Conservation Grant to buy votes - Adams

16 September, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking today as thousands of people received their Water Conservation Grant, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused the Government of trying to buy the election with the people’s own money.

Deputy Adams said the game is up for Irish Water and Domestic Water Charges and that Enda Kenny should admit defeat and call a general election.

Deputy Adams said;

“The Water Conservation Grant will be a welcome boost to many households today.  I’m sure people will be pleased to receive it.  Of course it has nothing to do with water conservation.

“This grant was basically an accountancy trick in an attempt to keep Irish Water off balance sheet and to try and persuade people to register with Irish Water.

“It has failed on both counts and is now being used simply as cynical attempt to buy votes with the people’s own money.

“It should also be remembered that the conservation grant has no link to water conservation or payment of water charges.

“Enda Kenny and his government should accept that the game is up for Irish Water and domestic water charges. The Eurostat ruling in July made that clear.

“This is also the first time in the history of the state a government is making a loss on a tax that it introduced.

“The Taoiseach should admit defeat and call a general election.”

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