SPEECH BY JOAN BURTON TD
Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection / Leader of the Labour Party
Wednesday, 19th November, 2014
Ceann Comhairle: Today marks a fresh start for Ervia/Irish Water.
This new beginning has been made possible through the visible and tangible economic recovery that is underway.
That is a welcome turnaround in a little over three and a half years.
From despair that could have ground us down, we have moved to the cautious but realistic hope of a future rooted in shared prosperity.
And it has been achieved through the resilience of the Irish people, whose sacrifices made the recovery possible.
Speaking in 1932 before he became President and in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said:
‘The country needs, the country demands, bold, persistent experimentation. Take a method and try it. If it fails admit it frankly and try another.’
Yes, in fixing our country we have made some mistakes along the way. I have no problem in admitting that.
And, at times, we have been accused of not listening.
But, I believe this country is in a much better place because of the work that we have done.
And today, we have listened and we have delivered.
We have listened to concerns and frustrations expressed regarding Irish Water. And we have delivered a new charging structure that is affordable and that provides certainty and clarity about what people will have to pay.
This Government has never walked-away from any challenge that has confronted us. And we have endured perhaps the biggest set of challenges facing any Government in the history of this State. (more…)