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Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin backs party colleagues in opposition to Water Charges

Published: 16 November, 2014

Sinn Féin representatives from Fermanagh/South Tyrone have shown their support to their party colleagues in the Dail in the battle against water charges in the 26 counties.

Seán Lynch MLA, Bronwyn McGahan MLA and Cllrs. Debbie Coyle, John Feely, Anthony Feely and Stephen Huggett travelled to Dublin to an internal party conference on Saturday where the opposition to water charges was one of the topics discussed.

Speaking after the conference on Saturday, Seán Lynch MLA says:

"Sinn Féin is opposed, North and South, to the introduction of water charges, the privatisation of water and sewage provision and any double taxation being introduced, North or South, as a method of financing these vital public services.

"The approach of Sinn Féin Dail team to scrap water charges when in government is welcomed and is consistent with Sinn Féin policy across the island.

"Sinn Féin recognises that there are significant challenges across the island in achieving a truly sustainable water and sewage service that is affordable, meets our environmental obligations and delivers a reliable high quality service. However we have proved in government that this can be done without driving struggling households into further poverty.

"In 2007, when Conor Murphy Sinn Féin MP was 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 we showed clearly that it could.

"Water charging is a regressive form of taxation that would have placed many households in the North under additional pressures.

"In our 2007 manifesto Sinn Féin promised to block the introduction of water charges for households in the North and that is exactly what we did and will continue to do so.

""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." ENDS

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