Transfer of water services is the first step to privatisation

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly has said that the passing of the bill to transfer water services from local authorities to the new Irish Water company this week will lead eventually to the privatisation of water.


“Whatever the Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael party’s state publicly, this will eventually lead to the sell off and privatisation of our water, they have already crossed the rubicon with the commitment to selling off of Bord Gáis and the ESB and Fianna Fáil’s disastrous sell off of Eircom. We have have seen lie after lie from them when it came to the Bin charges.


“The Bill makes no provision for people on low incomes or for those living in poverty. In other words, under this legislation poor households will be charged the same for their water as An Taoiseach Edna Kenny. This new company will be given power to install water meters and to charge families for the water they use. The reality is that in Britain, this has led to an ever increasing charge for water.


“Sinn Fein is against the privatisation of water and against the introduction of water charges. All the evidence suggests metering is a bad idea being enforced by a bad government that is hell bent on making ordinary families pay for the current economic disaster.


“This bill should be rejected and replaced with a proper plan for the co-ordination of water services that are fully and adequately funded by a progressive tax system. Sinn Féin calls for the establishment of a National Water Sector Framework Team to oversee governance and capital investment in the sector.”

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