25 April 2016
By Bryan Smyth
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry today said that Fine Gael’s new proposal for a 2 year suspension of water charges represents a desperate attempt to cling to a water charges regime and is not sufficient to satisfy mass popular opinion which is for a complete abolition of the charge.
Deputy Barry is one of a group of more than 30 TDs who have tabled a Dail motion for the complete abolition of the charge.
His comments came after news emerged overnight of a fresh Fine Gael proposal in the negotiations for Government: a two-year suspension of the charge, the establishment of a special commission into the future of water charges and the continuation of the metering programme.
Deputy Barry said: “The people voted for abolition of the charge not a 2-year suspension. There are 90 TDs who were elected to the Dail either like myself on a platform of complete abolition or for a 5-year suspension. It would fly in the face of democracy for anything less than this to happen. The new Fine Gael proposal represents a desperate attempt to cling to a water charges regime and will not be enough to satisfy mass popular opinion which is for a complete abolition of the charge.”