Water charges should be disentangled from government formation talks
In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, of People Before Profit has said that the only satisfactory solution for the public in regards to Irish Water is the total abolition of water charges.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said that water charges should be disentangled from government formation talks and the issue of Irish Water for Fianna Fail is to honour their pre-election pledge.
Commenting on reports of an agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, Deputy Boyd Barrett said “anything short of complete abolition of water charges represents a betrayal of clear pre-election pledges made by the majority of elected TD’s to the 32nd Dáil, including Fianna Fail.”
Deputy Boyd Barrett pointed out that in the Fianna Fail manifesto, the precise wording on the section relating to water charges was headed- ‘Abolish Irish Water and end water charges’.
Deputy Boyd Barrett also said that “there is no reason whatsoever for the issues of water charges to be a stumbling block to government formation. The issue should be completely disentangled from talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.
“All they need to do is to allow the Dáil to decide and let all TD’s vote on this issue in line with the pledges they made in election 2016. On this basis water charges would be abolished. Fine Gael/Labour could still vote in line with their view but would be easily defeated because it is an easy majority. It is simple democracy if they are serious about doing politics differently.”