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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promises to scrap Irish Water and water charges if elected

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promises to scrap Irish Water and water charges if elected

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has promised to scrap Irish Water and water charges if elected to Government.

Addressing the party faithful at an Ard Fheis in Dublin, Mr Martin vowed that he would deliver an 'Ireland for All', with costed promises that he said would not favour the wealthy.

He said: "We're going to take a lead…We're going to get an independent analysis of our commitments, which reviews the accuracy and affordability of our costings and their impact on economic growth.

"We will publish this with the manifesto. There will be no auction politics, no uncosted promises, no proposals which could damage the economy, and I challenge the other parties to follow our lead."

Meanwhile, this morning's Behaviour & Attitudes poll for The Sunday Times shows Independents at 26%, Fine Gael dropping two points and Labour unchanged.

The poll was taken between January 4 and 13, and also showed Fianna Fáil drop off by one point, while Sinn Féin fell by one point.

Meanwhile, a Red C poll by the Sunday Business Post, taken between last Monday and Wednesday, indicates a two-point decrease for Labour with Fine Gael holding steady and Independents at 23%.

However, both polls show the senior coalition partner Fine Gael retaining an 11-point lead over their nearest rivals.

In terms of the Opposition, the Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post shows Fianna Fáil gaining two points to 19. This brings the party level with Sinn Féin, who are unchanged.