Tuesday 12 December 2017

Halligan to miss awkward water vote

Junior Minister John Halligan at the launch of Science Week 2016 with Sue and Christopher Duffy Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography
Junior Minister John Halligan at the launch of Science Week 2016 with Sue and Christopher Duffy Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Independent minister John Halligan is set to miss an awkward Dáil vote on a proposal to hold a referendum that would guarantee public ownership of water.

The proposal is contained in a Bill that Mr Halligan backed when he was in opposition. However, he will miss the vote on the matter later this week, as he will be on a trip to the Middle East.

Independent TD Joan Collins announced the Bill calling for a referendum on the public ownership of water, saying there is "deep concern" at the prospect of privatisation.

The Cabinet is likely to discuss its position today. An Independent Alliance spokesman said Mr Halligan's trip has been arranged for some time but that if he was here, he would vote with the Government.

A Fianna Fáil spokesman said the party secured agreement that water would be kept in public ownership in its deal to facilitate the Fine Gael-led minority Government.

Irish Independent

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