Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Kenny TD, has responded to the comments of Deputy Sean Canney on Morning Ireland, where he claimed that Sinn Féin wishes to discriminate against people in group water schemes.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Sinn Féin’s position is that equity should be applied in the supply of water and that no one should be paying for the consumption of domestic water, which is a human right," said Deputy Kenny.
“At local protests against Irish Water in my constituency, members of group water schemes were there in strength to oppose the privatisation of water supply. This is another attempt to create an urban-rural divide but it will fail, like the attempt to introduce water charges has failed.
“The new Oireachtas Water Committee will have to make decisions about the details of various aspects of the supply of water to rural households, but Sinn Féin, like the expert group report, agrees that equity must be at the core of water supply to domestic consumers. Sinn Féin’s representatives on that committee will take that position and there is no question of any discriminatory practice being proposed by this party.”