The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has claimed that a report published this afternoon by the Commission for Energy Regulation contradicts claims by the Taoiseach and Minister Phil Hogan that people will know what they will be paying in domestic water charges before the local elections.
The Commission for Energy Regulation has made it clear that no decision will have been made until after the elections.
Deputy Stanley said;
“The Energy Regulator’s report quite clearly states that the consultation process on the ‘revenue, tariff structures and levels’ of water charges will still be in process in June, a month after the local elections. A final decision will not be made until August.
“And yet in the Dáil last week Enda Kenny clearly stated on the record that people would know what they will be charged before May. Earlier this week Phil Hogan told his own TDs that they would know what will be charged by St Patrick’s Day.
“Given that the regulator has been given the task of over-seeing the process of setting charges, we need clarity on this matter and I will be raising it again in the Dáil next week.”