Sinn Fein launches bill to repeal water charges

Scrapping charges will be ‘first act of Sinn Fein-led government’

‘Constitutional amendment to retain water services in public ownership party policy’

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Pearse Doherty TD, Sinn Fein
Pearse Doherty TD, Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has this morning launched the Water Services Repeal Bill which he says Sinn Féin will enact in government if given a mandate to do so in the upcoming general election.

 Speaking from Dublin today Deputy Doherty said;

“Irish people have marched in their hundreds of thousands against water charges.  Sinn Féin has marched with them.

“We have also committed to scrapping the charges if in a position to do so after the next election.

“This is the bill which we will enact in order to do that.”

Passing it, he said, “will be without a doubt the first act of a Sinn Fein-led government.

“We are now seeking a mandate from the people to enact this bill and scrap water charges once and for all.

“It is clear that the government does not have the support of the people for its water charges.  This election provides the people with an opportunity to vote the charges out.

“Enda Kenny should call the election and give the people their say on this issue.”

A spokesperson said the issue of a constitutional amendment to retain water services in the ownership of the people was party policy, and the subject of a bill which had been moved in the Dail last November by Environment Spokesperson, Brian Stanley, TD.