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Public won’t be fooled by delays, abolish water charge now – Ellis

27 April, 2016 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Fein TD for Dublin North West Dessie Ellis TD, has called on the Dáil to abolish domestic water charges and Irish Water immediately and end attempt to delay as part of a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil back room deal.  He made his comments as part of a Dáil debate on Irish Water.

Deputy Ellis said;

“The imposition of water charges and the utter mess that is Irish Water was soundly rejected by the Irish people in February. It was soundly rejected on the streets and in communities for months and months before this but still the main parties despite their spin refuse to recognise this complete and indisputable rejection.

“Yet today and for the last few weeks, Fianna Fáil has been trying to back track on what they told the people in the election. They have sought to delay charges, to kick the can down the road in a hope that it would give them to space to once again take some part in the running of the state.

“Delays didn’t work before and they won’t work now. The people didn’t buy the reduced charge, they didn’t buy the delay in metering, they didn’t even buy the ridiculous water conservation grant and they won’t buy this rubbish either.

“If Fianna Fáil wanted to keep their promise to the people, they would support a vote on water charges today; if Fine Gael had any respect for the will of the people they would facilitate that vote. Power is always the priority with these two parties, the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of the gombeen political system.

“I call on the government to listen, on Fianna Fáil to listen; the people are not fools and will not be fooled by your back room deals. Facilitate a vote today on Irish Water and water charges.

“Anything less is to facilitate the continuation of this unjust charge and this unnecessary waste of a company.”

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