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Too little, too late from Labour on water charges- Lynn Boylan MEP

22 January, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has criticised Labour TDs who signed the SIPTU pledge on a referendum to ensure that Irish Water remains in public ownership, labelling their actions as, “too little, too late”.

Speaking today ahead of the Right2water marches taking place tomorrow Boylan said:

“The Labour party is in government, Minister Alan Kelly, a Labour minister is responsible for water services, and therefore Labour had every opportunity to enshrine water services in public hands.

“You can tell a general election is on the horizon with the Labour u-turn on this matter, but this in itself is not a surprising move from the Labour Party.

“In fact if these Labour TD’s really felt this strongly about Irish Water remaining in public ownership surely they could have voted to support a Sinn Féin Private Member’s Bill which sought to enshrine water services in public ownership through the constitution.

“Sinn Féin is the only party that can be relied upon to abolish domestic water charges if in government.

“We have already stated the legislation is ready and abolishing this unfair charge would be our first act in government.”

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