first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay have challenged Charlie McConalogue TD to declare water charges a ‘red line’ issue for Fianna Fail entering government after the next election. Spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig told Donegal Daily, “We have learned this week that fewer than half the 83,000 residential properties in Donegal have been registered with Irish Water, despite the massive media campaigns and threats of legislation to deduct charges from wages and benefits.“It is proof that the people of the county are boycotting the charges in huge numbers. We are making clear our total opposition to the charges and that we will accept nothing less than complete abolition.” “The people are making clear their position and it is time for politicians to do the same, particularly Fianna Fail.“They have criticised certain aspects of the charges and called for the scrapping of Irish Water, but at no stage have they said they are opposed in principle to water charges. That is political double-speak and it is not acceptable.“It was of course Fianna Fail which infamously agreed to introduce water charges and to set up a national water utility in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Troika in 2010.“They bear a joint responsibility with the current government for these charges.” “We are calling on Charlie McConalogue to clarify where exactly he and his party now stand on water charges. Are they prepared to make abolition of water charges a ‘red line’ issue for entering government?“If they are genuine in their opposition, then they will have no difficulty in declaring that they will not enter a government which supports a continuation of the charges.“Otherwise they are only paying lip-service to the massive public opposition.”“Can’t Pay Won’t Pay will continue to call for non-payment as the only way to ensure that water charges remain as a central issue right up to the general election and beyond.“The Boycott will ensure that whoever forms the next government, they will have no alternative but to get rid of these charges.” CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY CHALLENGE McCONALOGUE TO MAKE WATER CHARGES ‘RED LINE’ ISSUE was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t PayCharlie McConologuefianna failMichael Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuignewsPoliticslast_img

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