Inishowen’s Sinn Féin representatives have confirmed they will not be paying water charges.
Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD and Councillors Albert Doherty and Jack Murray have confirmed that they will not be returning their forms to Irish Water and will not voluntarily pay the charges.
In a joint statement, the local Sinn Féin team said: “As local representatives we have been contacted by hundreds of families across Inishowen who, after enduring seven years of austerity, simply cannot afford to pay these charges. We have made the choice not to voluntarily pay water charges in solidarity with those families who just cannot pay.”
Sinn Féin and the Right2Water campaign are saying that the decision on whether or not to pay water charges must be an individual and informed decision for each household
The Inishowen representatives said: “As was the case with the household charge and the property tax, Sinn Féin are not advising families not to pay the water charges. Because we will not be there to pay the fines or extra charges if the protest does not work out. It is a responsible position.We are saying that it must be an individual and informed decision for each household”.
They concluded: “Sinn Féin is absolutely opposed to water taxation. We blocked the British government’s attempt to introduce water charges in the north and we are committed to abolishing them if in government. We believe that access to water is a fundamental right for all.”