The movement of people power is very close to a victory on the issue of Irish Water and water charges.
Brid Smith TD said that we are not at the finish line yet but we are very close to abolishing Irish Water and water charges once and for all. Deputy Smith pointed out that after weeks of stalling and an elaborate political charade, the establishment parties of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are finally admitting that water charges are on the way out.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD pointed to the fact that Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail and the Greens along with the EU/Troika have slashed capital investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure.
Gino Kenny TD said that democracy demands that the Dáil vote on the issue of water charges and for the issue to be removed totally from government formation talks.
Bríd Smith said “finally we can now see that the mass movement of people power has made a vital breakthrough in forcing the establishment parties to concede on the issue of water charges. Whilst this is not a total victory yet and we have yet to see the abolition of water charges, it remains a great day for the movement. People are sick at this stage of the political theatre being enacted by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. We are calling for a vote to be taken in the Dáíl on the issue of Irish Water and water charges.
Richard Boyd Barrett said “the establishment, right wing parties have been colluding in trying to keep water charges alive in suspending them and creating various committees and inquiries. This is clearly an effort to surpass democracy by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. The people have spoken loud and clear. We need to vote on water charges , so we can move on to the really urgent issues like housing and health.
“It is very rich of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour, the Greens and the EU to lecture Ireland on water conservation. These are the groups that slashed the capital investment by €1bn every year since 2008. The facts of the matter are that the leaks in the pipes have been ignored by these parties and the EU, so it is in fact them who have not prioritised water conservation.”
Gino Kenny said “it is the democratic mandate of the Dáil to discuss and vote on the water charges and Irish Water. Nearly 90 TDs, a majority of TDs, were elected on an anti-water charges mandate and to abolish water charges and Irish Water. The issue of water charges needs to be removed from the government formation negotiations.”