Joan Collins (right) at a water protest last year
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Joan Collins, Independendents4change TD for Dublin South Central, is to move a billl calling for a referendum to prevent any future privatisation of water services when the Dail reconvenes later this month..
The bill is called the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No. 2) Bill 2016.
The bill will put an amendment to Article 28 of the Constitution as follows;
‘The Government shall be collectively responsible for the protection, management and maintenance of the public water system. The Government shall ensure in the public interest that this resource remains in public ownership and management’.
Ms Collins said:
”I am very pleased to be able to move this bill with the support of my Indenpendents4Change colleagues, Sinn Fein, AAA/PBP and in fact all 39 TDs who stood in the general elections on the Right2Change policy programme.
“This bill will pass if it is supported by Fianna Fail who fought the election on an anti -water charges claim. We will now see how serious their claim was. Will they support the bill or will they hide behind the fig leaf of the commission on water charges?
Privatisation is a key issue in the struggle against water charges. The whole purpose of establishing Irish Water and introducing charges was to prepare the conditions for future privatisation. By getting an article into the Constitution banning privatization the whole project and the rationale for charges will be seriously undermined.”