Speaking today in advance of the legislation being tabled by Sinn Féin during Private Member’s Business in the Dáil Tomorrow, Sinn Féin Councillors Imelda Munster & Tomás Sharkey have called on the local Government representatives for the area to support the Bill.
Councillor Munster said:
“The ongoing fiasco that is the establishment of Irish Water and the gross mismanagement by the Government on the issue of water charges has left many people understandably frightened at the prospect that our water services could be privatised in future.
“While Sinn Féin remain opposed to water charges and has stated our firm intention to abolish them should we enter Government, nevertheless we recognise that the ongoing campaign around water charges has highlighted the need for a firm commitment that our water supply will not be privatised in future.
Councillor Sharkey said
“Clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental right, paid for through general taxation by our citizens and it is vital that our water services remain in public ownership.
“Sinn Féin is tabling legislation tomorrow, which will call for a referendum to be held on the issue of the ownership of our water services. Such a referendum would provide the concrete reassurance to citizens that our water services will be protected in public ownership for the benefit of our people and that no moves will be taken to privatise the water supply without the consent of the people.
“We are calling on all TDs put particularly the Government TDs in this area to support this legislation tomorrow and allow the Irish people to have a say in the future of water services in our country.”