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Housing Minister accused of delaying 2016 bill to prevent privatisation of Irish Water

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy “has deliberately sought to delay a bill aimed at ensuring Irish Water remains a public company, the Opposition has claimed.” Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin says “we are fed up with the delays, we want to proceed. Absolutely they are seeking to delay this. (…) Mr. Ó Broin expressed his anger with the further postponement of Committee Stage of the Water in Public Ownership Bill that was due to take place tomorrow. ‘The Committee Stage of Water in Public Ownership Bill has been delayed yet again at Minister Murphy’s request. This is clearly a delaying tactic by the government as it clearly does not want a referendum to ensure water services remain in public ownership,’ he said.”

Source: www.irishexaminer.com

A constitutional referendum to block future privatization of water services

A call has been made for a constitutional referendum to block future privatization of water services. Independent Councillor Declan Bree said, “while the government has been stopped from imposing water charges, we cannot be complacent. The establishment parties have voted to retain Irish Water and to continue installing meters in new houses. This clearly leaves the door open for any future government to introduce charges and privatize our water resources. In this context there is now a need for an early referendum to insert into the Constitution an amendment which would rule out any future privatization of water, or water services.” [Sligo Champion, 25 April 2017]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Referendum to ensure water is never privatised receives cross-party support

A referendum to ensure water is never privatized has received cross-party support in a committee. “Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins welcomed the news, saying concerns about future privatization were a key factor in the Right2Water campaign. She claimed a bill she brought forward last year, the 35th Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) Bill No 2 was the best way to achieve this objective. Ms. Collins said she would consider any changes to the wording ‘which would help to clarify what is and is not part of the public water system provided such amendments would not dilute the objective of preventing any future attempt at privatization.’ She called on the Government not to oppose the bill and urged all parties to continue their support when it returns to the Dail.” Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien has called on water protesters to mobilize for a demonstration on April 8.

Source: irishmirror