28 September 2016
By Tom O’Sullivan
Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central has criticised Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin for “turning his back on a chance to scrap water charges”.
Speaking ahead of the Dáil debate on the Sinn Féin motion proposing the abolition of water charges, Deputy O’ Laoghaire said;
“By declaring that Fianna Fáil will not vote in favour the Sinn Féin motion, Micheál Martin is turning his back on a chance to scrap water charges once and for all.
“Fianna Fáil and Deputy Martin have tied themselves up in knots by spinning their every- changing position on water charges. The reality is that Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted on this issue.
“A majority of TDs in the Dáil now support the abolition of water charges. There is no need to waste more tax payer’s money on a so called expert commission on the matter and there is no need for a special Oireachtas committee to consider its recommendations.
“The motion Sinn Féin has put forward this evening, signed by other Right2Water TDs, is simple. ‘Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to abolish household water charges and fund investment in water and sanitation infrastructure through progressive taxation’.”
“No matter what the leader of Fianna Fáil says, there is an opportunity this week to force the government to introduce the necessary legislation to abolish domestic charges once and for all.
“Many voters in Cork voted for Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil candidates on the back of their position on water charges, and they will hold Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin to account should they follow through and vote against the motion on Thursday following today’s debate in the Dáil.”