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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil block vote on water – Adams

26 April, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have contriving to block a vote on the water motion co-signed by 39TDs tomorrow. The Louth TD said that they had reduced the Dáil to ‘an echo chamber’.

Speaking tonight, Gerry Adams said:

“Over the past number of weeks, we have witnessed the Dáil being reduced to an echo chamber, with a succession of statements with no debate, no conclusion and no vote.

“Last week, thirty nine TDs submitted a motion for debate and vote to end Irish Water and Water Charges.

“Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have sought to deal with the issue as part of a back room deal in Trinity. They have even failed at this.

“Both parties have acted together to block TDs debating and voting on the issue. This is undemocratic.

“Under pressure, it appears that both parties have contrived to allow for statements to be made without a vote.

This is unacceptable.

“All TDs should be allowed to debate and vote on the motion submitted by the group of thirty nine TDs.” 

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