Fine Gael’s Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has called on Sinn Fein election candidate Seamus Morris to clarify Sinn Féin’s position on water charges after the party’s MEPs voted in favour of water charges in the European Parliament.
“Last Tuesday, Sinn Fein voted in favour of water charges across the EU in a European Parliament report authored by a Sinn Fein MEP in Strasbourg.
“Paragraph 92 in Lynn Boylan’s report on the Right2Water initiative calls on member states to ensure they are ‘providing for the application of a progressive charge that is proportional to the amount of water used’, which the four Sinn Fein MEPs voted in favour of,” he said.
“This seems to be a U-turn by the party on water charges and yet again it seems that Sinn Féin is taking different positions to suit political aims. Here, they decided to oppose water charges when they lost a byelection to Paul Murphy.
“In Northern Ireland, where Sinn Féin is in government, water meters are being installed, and now in the European Parliament Sinn Féin is calling for progressive water charges.
“Sinn Fein must come clean with the people of Tipperary. If the party is arguing for water charges in Europe they should do the same here and be straight with local people,” said Deputy Coonan.