Sinn Féin Councillor Dermot Nicholl has welcomed the statement from his party colleagues in the Dail that outline plans to scrap water charges in the 26 counties when in government.
Speaking after the launch of Sinn Fein’s vision for water services in the south Mr Nicholl said:
“The approach of the Sinn Féin Dail team to scrap water charges when in government is welcomed and is consistent with Sinn Féin policy across the island.
“When my party colleague Conor Murphy was the Regional Development Minister he blocked the introduction of water charges in the North of Ireland.
“This was because it was the right thing to do. When our critics said it couldn’t happen Sinn Féin showed clearly that it could.
“he also ruled out privatisation and made it clear that these public services will operate within full public ownership now and in the future.
“In our 2007 manifesto Sinn Féin promised to block the introduction of water charges for households and that is exactly what we did.
“Water charging is a regressive form of taxation that would have placed many households in the North under additional pressures.
“Unfortunately the tired and unimaginative policies of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour see fit to place those pressures on people in the South.
“Sinn Féin will reverse the charges in government in the twenty-six counties.”