In s omething of an about turn on his personal intentions regarding the water charges, Louth TD Gerry Adams has said he will now not pay the controversial charge.
In a statement on Monday, Deputy Adams said: “It is clear that the Taoiseach has totally underestimated the level of public anger at the imposition of domestic water charges and the determination that now exists to defeat them.
“Citizens, sick to the teeth of relentless austerity, with one new tax and charge after another, spoke loudly and clearly across this State, and in every county, on Saturday. Their message was crystal clear – they will not accept the Water Tax.
“The Taoiseach’s remarks the same evening, make it very clear that he has not listened to that message.
“Sinn Féin is standing firmly with those families and hard pressed citizens who very simply cannot pay the Government’s water tax. As a mark of solidarity, I have decided that I will not pay this Government’s Water Tax.
“The establishment of Irish Water and the imposition of water charges has been a fiasco from the very start.
“Sinn Féin has shown the Government how to pay for water services without imposing these charges. There are alternative and fairer ways to do this.
“This week in the Dail, Sinn Féin will introduce a Constitutional Amendment Bill calling for a referendum to retain control of water services in public ownership.
“The Taoiseach and his government need to start listening to what the people are saying and stop the introduction of water charges.”