“The Government must now accept that they failed miserably to win the support of the people for their water tax, their quango that is Irish Water. The people had their day and their say on the 26th February.
“You see, despite what the government had been saying Water Charges WERE the single biggest issue that mobilised , rallied and ignited the spirit of protest and determination to fight back in the Irish people that had not been seen for decades. This was because the unfairness of the government’s austerity policies was obvious to everyone except the government. People recognised from the start that Irish Water was a toxic entity.”
Continuing, the TD for Louth pointed out to the government that “the people knew that they were already paying for water through general taxation. They were also aware that they were paying PRSI, PAYE, Universal Social Charges, Motor Tax, LPT, Toll Charges, Bin Charges, A&E charges, and Emergency Service Charges. They were also aware that you had cut these services to the bone.”
Imelda Munster TD accused the government of heaping yet another tax “on to the working man and woman and those who could least afford to pay by a government hell bent on bulldozing this through regardless.”
“But how wrong you were!
“You did not break the back of the hundreds of thousands who mobilised on to the streets in every city, town and village across this state.”
And in a very clear message, Deputy Munster said “Any attempt to fudge addressing this issue by either short term suspension or by setting up a commission whereby a government and those propping them up will have a majority to veto abolition will not be tolerated.
“A democracy represents the will of the people and 90 TDs who pledged to abolish water charges were elected to this chamber and will be expected to honour their commitment given to the people.
“So let me be clear, the motion signed by 39 TDs calling for the abolition of water charges, and Irish Water is not going to go away. So I say to the incoming government and those propping them up—
“Honour your commitments, honour the mandate you were given, respect the will of the people Abolish water charges, abolish Irish Water and nothing less will suffice”.