Martin Ferris TD has called on the other four Kerry TDs to support a bill that will come before the Dáil this Wednesday. The bill will call for a referendum to insert the public ownership of water services into the constitution.
“Many European states have passed laws to ensure that water provision is kept in public ownership and there is no reason why the Dáil cannot enshrine providing a constitutional guarantee for the public ownership of water services,” said the Sinn Féin TD.
“The Netherlands passed a law in 2004 banning private sector provision of water supply. France has returned control of its water services to municipal level due to transparency issues and rising costs.
“Fianna Fáil, particularly, cannot use the ongoing deliberations of the so called ‘expert commission’ as a valid excuse for voting down the bill this week.
“If Fianna Fáil supports this bill it has every chance of moving to the next stage and the party will have done the right thing on the issue for once,” said Deputy Ferris.
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