The Seanad has today (Wednesday) passed a motion, which received Labour Party support, proposing a referendum on the future ownership of Irish Water.
Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan welcomed Labour’s Seanad stance on the issue.
“The Green Party put this issue on the national agenda, and we welcome the growing coalition in support of the proposal,” he said.
Mr Ryan said the Taoiseach should now reconsider the approach he articulated yesterday opposing such a referendum.
“It is clear from the vote in the Seanad today that his Labour partners are taking a different position. The Government should now consider the referendum issue within the context of the new proposals around Irish water that they intend presenting in two weeks time.
“This gives the Government time to consider the best wording and timeline for a referendum. We would be happy to share the wording we have proposed, along with the legal advice we have availed of, in proposing this idea,” Mr Ryan said.