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Only Sinn Féin can be trusted to abolish water charges and Irish Water – Cullinane

13 January, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

*Please note: The Waterford Rally is meeting at 2.30pm in the Glen, Waterford City on Saturday 23rd. 

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said that only Sinn Féin in government can be trusted to abolish water charges and ensure water is kept in public ownership.  Speaking in the Seanad during debate on the Fianna Fáil private members business on Irish Water, he said:

“The introduction of water charges for households was the brainchild of Fianna Fáil.  

“They formalised this flawed policy in the terms and conditions attached to the EU-IMF Troika ‘bail out’ loans.

“In its 2011 election manifesto, Labour argued against water charges on the basis they did not address the needs of people experiencing poor supply.

“Yet once in Government, they too became cheerleaders for this unfair and unpopular tax.

“Clearly, only Sinn Féin in government can be trusted to abolish domestic water charges.

“As we approach the centenary of 1916, we again must decide what kind of future we want for our country and for our children.

“This requires new economic thinking and an ambitious vision for public service delivery.

 “Sinn Féin in Government will dismantle Irish Water and replace it with a new model of governance, funding and delivery that is accountable to the Oireachtas.

“We will abolish domestic water charges, end the metering project and redirect the remaining monies to direct investment in infrastructure.

“We will establish an independent Commission on Water Services to examine the most appropriate public ownership model to report back to Government within nine months.

“We will hold a referendum to enshrine public ownership of Ireland’s water services in the Constitution and roll out a major water conservation programme in conjunction with local authorities.” 

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