“What these revised measures show is just how out of touch with reality this Fine Gael-Labour Government really are,” said Doherty tonight.
“Today’s exercise is simply a public relations offensive to try and quell the unprecedented levels of protests and public anger the government has been facing over water charges.
“What we have seen today is a Government in crisis, one which is trying to salvage whatever credibility they might have left with the electorate in a last ditch attempt to cling to power while their administration crumbles down all around them.
“However people are not buying their hype. Today’s measures have simply only confirmed what we already knew, that water charges are here to stay; that the current water metering programme which is causing huge anger across the country is set to continue, and that the Government still has no intention to introduce a constitutional right to water.
“Clearly, the government has yet to get the message. Despite claiming that they have been listening to the people opposed to water charges, they continue to ignore their calls demanding that these charges be scrapped, and instead offer a pathetic package to sweeten the deal.”
“However, today’s political back-tracking by Fine Gael and Labour over these charges proves that people power is working. Now is our opportunity to get rid of water charges once and for all, that’s why we need the maximum possible turnout for the protest against water charges on December 10th.
“By working together and participating in next month’s protest, we will deliver home the message once and for all that water charges must be scrapped.”