Speaking in Cork this morning where she was addressing a meeting of Sinn Féin women activists from across Munster, Deputy Leader of the party Mary Lou McDonald said that the introduction of water charges is unfair, unjust and should be resisted.
Deputy McDonald was responding to the publication of the legislation to impose the charges which was released yesterday.
“Hard-pressed homeowners are already crippled by the economic mismanagement of this and the last government. They are dealing with unemployment, cuts to public services and the increased financial burden that goes along with the many new taxes and charges that have been imposed the latest of which being these proposed water charges.
“Legislation published yesterday will now set in train the establishment of Irish Water as a subsidiary of An Bord Gáis Eireann, a company which this government have said they intend to sell off. This new company will be given power to install water meters and charge families for the water they use. This charge means the public will be paying three times for the water they drink. Firstly in their general taxes, secondly through this new charge and finally they will pay through the National Pension Reserve Fund which is being used to fund the installation of water meters.
“This government is totally out of touch with the reality facing citizens every day and it is nothing short of outrageous to expect people to pay for a basic human need such as water.
“These charges are unfair, unjust and should be resisted by all parties in the Dáil.”