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FF and FG running scared of debate on Irish Water

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick, Maurice Quinlivan, has expressed his disappointment at Fianna Fáil for voting with the outgoing government in order to prevent a Sinn Féin Dáil motion to debate the scrapping of water charges.

Deputy Quinlivan said; "Fianna Fáil's decision to side with the outgoing government in the blocking of this motion, shows that they are wedded to the same stale politics.

"Fianna Fáil, in the first meaningful vote on the management of Dáil business, on the first day of the 32nd Dáil, voted with the government to block the Sinn Féin proposal to take a motion on the scrapping of water charges.

"It was a sharp reminder of where Fianna Fáil stand on the issue of domestic charges.

They are not opposed to water charges in principal. During the election campaign, Fianna Fail attempted to sidestep the core issue by labelling Irish Water as a red line issue, while only committing to the suspension of water charges.

“The majority of TDs elected to the new Dáil stood on an anti-water charges platform.

“Unfortunately Fianna Fáil, despite its election rhetoric, sided with Fine Gael to block a motion which was aimed facilitating a debate on a measure which the Irish people have demanded - the abolition of domestic water charges.

"Fianna Fáil have done a great deal of talking about renewal and learning from their mistakes but it is clear that they haven't changed much from when they agreed to water charges under the first memorandum of understanding with the Troika,

"Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted to deliver the on the demand for which thousands of people have marched and protested - the complete scrapping of water charges and the abolition of Irish Water."